Press release

In this screen capture of the Charleston School District website taken Friday, a press release about the arrest of Adrian Rivas is shown. 

CHARLESTON — A substitute teacher was arrested at a Charleston elementary school by the U.S. Marshals Service on a Texas warrant, the district said Friday. 

The school district in a statement said the U.S. Marshals Service contacted district officials on Thursday with information that Adrian Rivas, an at-will substitute teacher, was wanted as a fugitive from justice for arrest in Texas on outstanding felony charges. District officials cooperated with the U.S. Marshals Service and Charleston Police Department, and Rivas was taken into custody.

School district Assistant Superintendent Chad Burgett said Rivas was arrested while he was working at Jefferson Elementary School, but law enforcement personnel took him into custody outside of the school building.

Inmate records at the Coles County jail show that Rivas, 39, was there at 12:20 p.m. Thursday following his arrest. These records state that he was confined for being a fugitive from justice on a Texas warrant, but do not include further information on this charge.

The press release reported that every employee in the Charleston school district, including Rivas, must undergo and pass a criminal background check that includes FBI fingerprinting as a condition of employment. The district reported that Rivas worked intermittently as a substitute teacher from Oct. 18 until Thursday and that his arrest was not related to his employment in the district.

Burgett said Rivas passed his background check for employment as a substitute teacher with the district. Burgett said the district is still looking into this matter, but said it's possible that the warrant for Rivas was issued after his background check was done. Burgett said he does not have information on the criminal charges facing Rivas and referred further questions to law enforcement.

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