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School district social worker arrested; student describes inappropriate touching

Posted: 2:04 PM, Mar 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-05 02:16:22-05
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An former employee at Chaparral High School has been arrested on alleged sexual misconduct charges with two students
An former employee at Chaparral High School has been arrested on alleged sexual misconduct charges with two students
An former employee at Chaparral High School has been arrested on alleged sexual misconduct charges with two students
An former employee at Chaparral High School has been arrested on alleged sexual misconduct charges with two students
An former employee at Chaparral High School has been arrested on alleged sexual misconduct charges with two students
An former employee at Chaparral High School has been arrested on alleged sexual misconduct charges with two students

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County School District Police Department has arrested a contracted social worker accused of inappropriate contact with students.

The arrest stems from an investigation that was initiated at Chaparral High School.

"I'm not the only one, and I'm glad I'm not alone, but to know that I am not the only one, it's very scary," said one alleged victim who spoke to 13 Action News with her father's permission and under the condition of anonymity.

The student, 17, claims that for months, Winston appeared to take an unusual interested in her by spotting her in hallways and going out of his way to briefly speak to her.

The student claims on Tuesday, Feb. 26, she went to Winston's office at Chaparral High School during a particularly emotional day for her, and that is when she was kissed and touched.

"He decides to sit on the couch with me and then he lightly caresses my ankles and complimented my socks.

The student further claims the encounter turned sexual.

"He was trying to lean on me and asked me if I've dated black guys and If I've smoked weed before," said the student.

"He kissed me on my neck, and at one point he tried, and then the bell rang, and I shot up," explained the student.

31-year-old Lawrence Anthony Winston, who was contracted by the school district in Oct. 2018., faces five charges related to inappropriate contact with two students.

Authorities said they were able to substantiate a second student allegation made against Winston.

"If this were some other girl, if this happened to any other girl, I would yell at them and make sure they would tell someone, anybody," said the student.

"This is not how we should be treated, especially young women," added the student.

Winston's employment status with the school district was terminated on Feb. 28.

He faces charges that include one felony count of Kidnapping; 2 felony counts of Child Abuse Sexual Misconduct; and two counts of Open and Gross Lewdness.