Ex-classroom aid charged with accosting a minor

A mug shot from Dominic Ciccantelli from the Ottawa County Jail. (April 13, 2015)

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Grand Haven middle school classroom assistant is accused of inappropriate contact with at least one student.

Dominic Ciccantelli, 23, was arrested Monday and charged Tuesday with felony accosting a minor for immoral purposes, according to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

generic lakeshore middle schoolCiccantelli was a classroom assistant at Lakeshore Middle School in Grand Haven. Police said the investigation surrounds his contact with a student. Investigators did not specify whether the student was one of Ciccantelli’s, nor did they say exactly what happened.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska said he is “deeply concerned” about the situation. He said Ciccantelli started with the district in November and was a full-time employee who worked with students who have special needs. He has been fired, Konarska said.

Lakeshore Middle School Principal Kevin Polston sent a letter to parents on Tuesday that said the school was notified of the situation by police over the weekend. He said the school was cooperating with the investigation into Ciccantelli and asked anyone with information to contact him or Grand Haven DPS.

>>PDF: The letter from the district

Police and the district “worked closely … to ensure the safety of students,” a Tuesday release from police says.

Police say their investigation is still open.

Ciccantelli’s bond was set at $15,000 cash or commercial surety during Tuesday’s court proceedings. He is due back in court later this month. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

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