A volunteer soccer coach at a Clayton Park elementary school is accused of assaulting a young person. Dalton Jones, who has a previous criminal record, was arrested three weeks ago in the gymnasium at Park West School.
Halifax Regional School Board spokesman Doug Hadley tells News 95.7 these new assault charges do not involve a student at Park West School.
“Police also gave reassurance to the school principal and vice principals that this was in no way, shape or form related to his volunteer work at Park West School,” Hadley explains.
When Jones first took on his role as a coach in October 2010, the school was aware that the 31-year-old had a criminal record.
“The principal then is required to make a decision as to whether or not they think that those convictions would pose a risk to students,” Hadley says. “In this case, the principal spoke with the applicant. They also discussed the matter with police and the main point in question that was asked was whether this person would pose a risk. She was given no reason for concern.”
Jones’ current charges include assault causing bodily harm, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and resisting arrest.