A special education teacher is accused of inappropriately touching a child.
According to a media release, the Addison Unit for Special Investigations says Mark Zizis, 41, of Shoreham, Vermont pleaded not guilty to the allegations of fondling a young boy.
Officials say Zizis has been a special education teacher at Albert D. Lawton School is Essex Junction for the past 11 years.
A media release says he is also a martial arts instructor.
The school says Zizis has been placed on administrative leave. The school gave the following statement.
“An Albert D. Lawton employee has been placed on administrative leave by the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union because of criminal charges alleging misconduct with a minor child. The CCSU took immediate action upon learning of the charges. There is no evidence at this time that any past or present ADL students are involved.
State laws protecting the privacy rights of employees prevent the district from disclosing the identity of the employee. We will continue to cooperate with and assist law enforcement and DCF on this matter.”
Local 22 & Local 44 reached out to Zizis’s defense attorney, Devin McLaughlin who said, Mr. Zizis adamantly denies the allegations and intends to be vindicated throughout the legal process.
The lawyer for Chittenden Central Supervisory was not available for comment.