Tyrice Daniels

The Elk Grove police on Feb. 7 arrested a former school security specialist for alleged sexual misconduct.

Tyrice Daniels, 35, of Elk Grove is accused of inappropriately touching a minor off-campus, and also having sexual conversations with female students. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on sexual battery and molestation charges.

Daniels worked for the Elk Grove Unified School District for five years; he served in the security staff for Sheldon and Pleasant Grove high schools. School district officials said that his main task was monitoring students between classes and during campus activities.

Detectives began investigating the allegations against Daniels last November. He was placed on leave from his job and he later resigned on Jan.1, school district spokesperson Xanthi Pinkerton stated. The suspect was also forbidden from entering district properties. A warrant was served for his arrest on Feb. 7.

“While the district undeniably prefers that none of this situation had occurred, district and school officials are grateful this matter was brought to light so it could be appropriately addressed,” Pinkerton said in a press statement.

She also stated that Daniels was cleared in a fingerprint check in 2013 when he started working as a district volunteer and a substitute campus supervisor. The district now requires fingerprinting and background checks on all school volunteers.

This is the second case this year that the Elk Grove school district had a sexual misconduct case. Lucas Melville, a volunteer with Laguna Creek High School’s music program, was arrested last month for allegedly committing sexual offenses against a minor. Like Daniels, he was also cleared in a fingerprint clearance.

Readers with information about the suspect can contact the investigations bureau at (916) 478-8112 or Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-4357.