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Substitute teacher accused of inappropriately touching students

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BUCKEYE- Buckeye Police arrested a substitute teacher Friday at Westpark Elementary School for allegedly inappropriately touching two students.

School officials told police he touched two girls inappropriately. The victims were 12 and 13 years old.

According to police, one of the victims said 28-year-old Brian Scritchfield rubbed his private area against her and touched her private area three times while allegedly pretending to drop things under her desk and pick them up. 

Both victims said he touched their necks, backs, and hair. 

One also alleged while touching her back Scritchfield tried to unhook her bra. 

Scritchfield, a resident of Litchfield Park, was employed by a temporary agency that the school district contracted.

Two women who identified themselves as the victims' mothers spoke at Scritchfield's initial court appearance about the effect of the alleged molestation on their daughters.

One girl's mother described what her daughter told her happened at school Thursday.

"He pretended to drop things and reach in an physically violate her. She even covered up because she felt like maybe she looked too provocative, which -- she had a t-shirt on and jeans, so she put a hoodie on after he addressed trying to undo her bra strap," she said.

"I don't even know what the future will be for my daughter's education for how he treated her (Thursday). He is a pedophile. He has done this before to be that brazen. To actually do the things he did in the manner that he did with witnesses around. These other witnesses went and told to help my child. And my child was devastated. He should be ashamed of himself. He's not a man."

The other girl's mother said her daughter is afraid to go back to school.

"She went to school to get an education yesterday and left being violated, touched inappropriately and she's scared to go back there. She's scared to be in that class. She's scared to be at that school," she said.

"It's completely inappropriate. He has my child's information, where she lives, her phone number. I know it's not realistic but i feel he shouldn't get a bond. He needs to stay in there. What he's done is completely inappropriate. He should never be around any children again."

Police say it was other students in the class who told the school's principal they'd seen Scritchfield touching the students inappropriately.

Scritchfield adamantly denied the allegations. Court documents show he told police he only patted students on the back to tell them they were doing a good job. 

His lawyer also noted he has a clean record.

"We're a very safe school district and the parents know that," said Bo Larson, a spokesperson for the Buckeye Elementary School District. "This is a very unfortunate incident." 

Larson went on to say Scritchfield was a certified teacher and had been background checked. 

Scritchfield was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix on $100,000 cash-only bond. He faces one count of child molestation and two counts of aggravated assault of a minor.

Police are still investigating. Scritchfield's next court date is next Thursday, Aug. 17.

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