A Peoria teacher is accused of molesting at least three fifth-grade students.
Peoria police report Ricky Jesus Ordway, 43, was arrested Tuesday morning at the Peoria Unified School District Office on counts of child molestation and sexual abuse.
Around 5:15 p.m. May 7, the principal of Sun Valley Elementary School, 8361 N. 95th Ave., notified the Peoria Police Department of a teacher allegedly inappropriately touching an 11-year-old student.
Peoria police Special Victims detectives began investigating and discovered Mr. Ordway was alleged to have inappropriately touched three fifth-grade students at the school. Court documents state the students disclosed additional names of victims to police.
Mr. Ordway has been a teacher at the school two years. He has worked for the district since August 2016. He has been on paid administrative leave since May 8, PUSD stated.
Mr. Ordway reportedly denied the allegations and said the students were lying.
He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond. He is due in court May 21 and 23.
“The Peoria Police Department along with the Peoria Unified School District is committed to providing the safest possible learning environment for students,” Peoria police stated in a release.
Anyone with additional information can call the Peoria Police Department or Detective Mark Rodrigues at 623-773-8976 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.
The district and school sent out a letter to Sun Valley parents/guardians:
Dear Sun Valley Parents and Guardians:
This morning, Sun Valley fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Ricky Ordway, was arrested for alleged misconduct with students at school. Last week, a student and parent brought allegations of inappropriate conduct to our attention and we immediately notified the Peoria Police Department. We also notified our fifth-grade families that Mr. Ordway would not be returning to class due to a personnel matter.
We share this with you today, as you may see this news play out publicly. We want you to know that the safety and well-being of our students always has, and always will, remain our number one priority. Our immediate focus is to ensure that we maintain quality instruction and student support through the end of the year.
Peoria Police have asked that if you have any information regarding this situation, that you please reach out to them directly at 623-773-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.