BLOOMINGTON — The Department of Children and Family Services has placed a Bloomington police officer on its State Central Register of “indicated” child abusers following the agency’s investigation into a December incident at Stevenson Elementary School.
By law, police officer Scott Oglesby will remain on the list for five years, said DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe. Oglesby has the right to appeal the decision.
While DCFS notified Bloomington officials Thursday, Police Chief Randy McKinley said Friday he had not formally heard of the DCFS action. McKinley said he would consider the agency’s findings and the results of an internal investigation when determining whether any disciplinary action will be taken against the officer.
The internal investigation is underway, he said.
Oglesby was placed on paid administrative leave following the Dec. 21 incident, but returned to work after McLean County State’s Attorney Bill Yoder announced Feb. 23 that he was not filing criminal charges against Oglesby. Yoder could not be reached for comment Friday.
Oglesby is on restricted duty, is not in uniform and has no physical contact with the public, McKinley said. Bloomington police union President Todd Keil could not be reached for comment.
Shannon and Lorraine Allison, parents of the 7-year-old Stevenson School child who was involved in the incident, think Oglesby should be removed from the police force.
“He doesn’t represent what a police officer should be, especially with kids. They are there to protect and serve,” said Lorraine Allison. “I trust Bloomington Police Department won’t want abusers on their staff.”
Allison said her son, who is a special needs student at Stevenson, suffers from seizures that cause him to scream and act much like a 2-year-old throwing a tantrum. He had such a seizure on Dec. 21 and was with the school psychologist waiting for his dad to pick him up and take him home.
Lorraine Allison said the psychologist had her son in a restraining hold, which is common practice.
Oglesby became involved after he went to the school after hearing of an unrelated incident involving another student. The school resource officer also was en route.
According to the police report obtained by the Allisons, Oglesby “darted” into the room where the Allison’s son was, told the boy he was giving him a headache and then lifted the 65-pound boy by the throat. He “was lifted off the floor so his feet were dangling … his head was close to the ceiling … his face was turning quite red,” according to the psychologist’s statement to police.
The psychologist left the room and told the school resource officer who then went into the room. Oglesby then grabbed the boy by the arm, lifted him over his shoulder and carried him to the principal’s office where, according to one witness, he “threw” the boy into a chair.
The report further states that Oglesby went back into the classroom and said to school staff, “You got any more?”
Herschel Hannah, District 87 assistant superintendent of human resources, called the incident “very unfortunate.” He said school officials followed district rules to yield to police, but added “the unfortunate thing is you have an officer who has no historical context” about the student.
Hannah said the school will review the DCFS report to determine if there should be any policy changes.
Meanwhile, Lorraine Allison said her son was “incredibly upset” after the incident and remains in counseling.
“The first thing he asked me was, ‘Mommy, didn’t that police officer’s mommy say he shouldn’t do that to people?’ ” Allison said.