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Portland Public Schools employee pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges, records show

By July 20, 2016 No Comments

Brett Christy HamiltonArticle from The Oregonian

A Portland Public Schools employee who has been on leave since November 2015 pleaded not guilty Monday to sex abuse charges involving a girl under 14 years old, court records show.

Brett Christy-Hamilton, 31, worked at Whitman Elementary from the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year until he was put on leave, a district spokeswoman said. The alleged abuse happened in early November 2015.

Christy-Hamilton was hired as a paraeducator in the 2009-10 academic year, Courtney Westling, a district spokeswoman, said in an email. He’s facing a pair of first-degree sex abuse charges.

Christy-Hamilton worked at Marysville School during the 2014-15 academic year, Westling said. He also worked on temporary student worker assignments for the district each year from 2005 to 2007.

He was booked Monday into the Multnomah County Jail and released on bail the same day, according to jail records.

Westling didn’t say whether the alleged abuse involved a district student or anyone Christy-Hamilton came in contact with while on the job.

“The district will cooperate with any forthcoming investigation,” she said.

Paraeducators work with and under teachers to provide instructional support, and many work with special needs students, according to the National Education Association.

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Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York