After-school program teacher accused of inappropriately touching children

Tori Capri Holden-Turner (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) –An after-school program teacher was ordered held on $50,000 bond during his arraignment on charges of gross sexual imposition.

Tori Capri Holden-Turner is accused of inappropriately touching at least two young children at Harambee Christian School in the Columbus neighborhood of South Linden.

According to court documents, an 8-year-old girl told a friend that she was inappropriately touched by Holden-Turned on several occasions. That friend told her grandmother, who notified the victim’s mother, who then notified the principal of the school.

Police reported that the principal then pulled security footage that showed Holden-Turner touching the buttocks of the victim over her clothing.

The school terminated Holden-Turner and notified the parents of all the children he had contact with in the after school program.

In a letter to parents, Harambee Principal Alex Steinman wrote, “As soon as we learned of the allegation against Mr. Tori, we placed him on leave. After conducting a thorough investigation, we determined that there was cause for termination.”

Parent Amber Newby picked up her son at school a little early Tuesday after hearing the news.

“This is some shocking news to hear about and I never thought it would come from this school,” Newby said.

Harambee Christian School has an outstanding reputation for academics among voucher schools in Columbus.

Parent Joseph Scruggs said this incident does not shake his faith in the school.

“They got it controlled,” Scruggs said. “They got it handled and it’s a great school.”

During the course of the police investigation, two other possible victims were identified by police. One of those victims told investigators that she was touched by Holden-Turner approximately four times since school was in session.

According to his attorney, Holden-Turner, 20, is a student at Columbus State Community College and was working at Harambee part-time.

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