By James Clark | email
PLAINVIEW TX, AND TUCSON, AZ (KCBD & KOLD) – An adjunct instructor for Wayland Baptist University was arrested in Tucson, Arizona Tuesday morning according to Tucson television station KOLD.
Officers arrested Richard Wilson, 70, on charges of Molestation of a Child, and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
South Tucson Police say he was arrested outside of the Wayland Baptist University branch campus on Broadway and Wilmot.
Officials at the Plainview campus of Wayland Baptist University have confirmed his status as an adjunct instructor for its Biology department. KOLD quotes Wayland spokesperson Elane Seebo as saying that because he was a part time instructor Wilson did not go through background checks.
Seebo said Wilson had a total of 10 students in his classes.
"He will not return to the classroom unless or until this is resolved in line with the values of a Christian university," she said.
Police say Wilson videotaped his crime, approaching a 12-year-old girl in a parking lot, and offering to pay her a large sum of money if she allowed him to take her photo. Investigators say Wilson drove the girl to an alley where he touched her private areas, took pictures, and videotaped her.
He has been booked into the Pima County Jail.
Wayland Baptist University Response Re: Arrest of Adjunct Instructor Dr. Richard Wilson
Dr. Wilson has been an adjunct (part-time) instructor with Wayland Baptist University for approximately a year and a half and has taught life science classes in the Bachelor of Applied Science program, a program specifically designed for adult learners. Wayland Baptist University's screening process for potential adjunct instructors includes a statement of values and faith that must be consistent with those of the University. Behavior that involves harm or danger to any person, particularly a child, is inconsistent with those values and is grounds for dismissal from employment.
In instances where a faculty member violates either law or University policy that may impact students, Wayland's policy is to remove the faculty member from the classroom until the issue can be resolved in a manner consistent with the values of a Christian university. Because adjunct instructors are contracted on a per-course basis and usually teach only sporadically, they do not fall under Wayland's policy of conducting background checks on full- and part-time employees. Wilson's references, students, and supervisors had only positive comments about his character and teaching abilities, so his arrest was completely unforeseen.
While Wayland regrets Dr. Wilson's arrest, the university will make every effort to ensure the impact is minimal for students and Wayland employees. Wayland Baptist University has put in place a plan to ensure the students in Wilson's classes will be able to complete their courses on schedule and with no negative impact to their academic record.
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