School peeping suspect in court amidst new questions - WKRN News 2

School peeping suspect in court amidst new questions

Posted: Updated: Jan 15, 2014 07:57 PM
Tammy Myers who filed the first complaint against Alvarado about a year ago before his arrest and firing last week. Tammy Myers who filed the first complaint against Alvarado about a year ago before his arrest and firing last week.

The former Scales Elementary janitor accused of peeping into the girls' bathroom at the school was in a Williamson County courtroom late Wednesday to postpone his initial appearance.  

It came as new questions were raised about why 48-year-old Victor Alvarado continued working at Scales Elementary after school parents filed at least two complaints against him for inappropriate behavior.

"I thought I knew it It was just a matter of time," said Tammy Myers, who filed the first complaint against Alvarado about a year ago.

Myers told News 2 she was concerned about things Alvarado did around her then-second grade daughter at Scales.

The parent said the "last straw" was when the custodian met her at the school one day, then privately told the youngster that she "had a hot mama."

She added there were several incidents prior to that she considered inappropriate on Alvarado's part.

Myers said the custodian would sweep his broom over her daughter's toes or "sing Justin Bieber songs to her, or things like making cat noises [purring] at her. It did not sit right with me."

Shortly after his arrest, Alvarado was fired from his job at GCA, the custodial firm that contracts with Williamson County to clean schools.

Myers told News 2 her "complaint was taken very seriously" by the principal at Scales Elementary.

"She did contact me the next day and said she spoke to Victor who told her he was sorry and did not mean anything by it," she explained.

The Brentwood woman added that she did not want the custodian to lose his job over the  incident with her daughter "because he likely had a family to support."

She followed up with her daughter throughout the last school year, asking if anything else had happened with the janitor.

Myers said her second grader told her she was being "left alone pretty much, so I thought great, the problem was solved."

That was before she learned a second complaint of inappropriate behavior against Alvarado toward schoolchildren was filed last fall by other parents at Scales Elementary.

"That's when I wondered why he wasn't fired," said Myers with a shake of her head.

She indicated the Scales principal also called after Alvarado's arrest saying, "I can assure you I reported it [your complaint] to all the people I was supposed to, and I have documentation of all that."

Myers said she was fine with what the principal told her.

Williamson County Schools spokesperson Carol Birdsong confirmed the second complaint to News 2 and said "the principal took the appropriate action."

As part of Wednesday's proceedings, Alvarado was appointed an attorney.

Attorney Kent Stanley was granted a request to postpone an initial court appearance to January 22.

Birdsong indicated that other Scales parents with complaints should contact the Williamson County Sheriff's office.

She had previously said that Alvarado's background and fingerprints checks did not reflect any prior criminal complaints or record.

Alvarado is officially charged with a misdemeanor called "observation without consent," but he is being held at the Williamson County jail on a $75,000 dollar bond.

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