continued Still, police are urging parents to speak with their children and report any suspicious or illegal contact Oatman-Gaitan may have had with their children.
“We’re urging parents to have that … good touch bad touch conversation. Also to remind kids that even adults in positions of authority and trust, if they ask a child to do something they’re not comfortable with or feel is inappropriate it’s OK to say ‘no’, it’s OK to tell another parent, your own parent, the police,” said Winn.
According to an email blast sent to parents in the South Colonie School District, Oatman-Gaitan was employed for 10 months during a period that included April 2011 through June 2011 and September 2011 through January 2012. The district said Oatman-Gaitan only worked with children in the afterschool program, which is about 56 students.
“The CYC informs us that Mr. Oatman had undergone fingerprinting, reference checks and provided a criminal history statement as well as being cleared to work with children through the Statewide Central Register Database prior to employment,” read the email.
Winn said his department has received calls from “a lot of concerned parents” but nothing of a criminal nature.
Anyone who believes that they or their children have had suspicious or illegal contact with Oatman-Gaitman are being urged to call Colonie investigators at 783-2754.