Floyd Elementary Principal Holly Lepisto was released on bail from the Pahrump jail at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Special education teacher Sarah Hopkins was released at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Special education aide Kathryn Cummings was still in custody Friday. The three women were in jail on charges of child abuse and conspiracy to commit a crime after allegations were made involving abuse of disabled students at Floyd Elementary School. A fourth special education aide, Phyllis DuShane, faces the same charges. She was released shortly after her arrest on Tuesday for medical reasons.
Justice of the Peace Tina Brisebill ordered the women held on $100,000 bail on Wednesday.
A fifth, so far unidentified, school district employee involved in the case was suspended from work after an internal investigation began earlier this week. The four educators facing criminal charges were also suspended pending the outcome of the district’s internal investigation.
No further arrests in the case were reported.
District Attorney Brian Kunzi said criminal complaints against the four educators will likely be filed on Monday, possibly revealing what evidence police uncovered in their investigation of abuse at Floyd.
Kunzi told the Pahrump Valley Times that he was kept abreast of developments throughout the Nye County Sheriff’s Office investigation.
Attempts to reach Lepisto, Hopkins and DuShane for comment were not successful.