December 19, 2014

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UPDATED: Amherst elementary school custodian facing sex offense charges

Raymond Tiller

Raymond Tiller

Anna Merriman and Chelsea Miller
The Chronicle-Telegram

AMHERST – Officials at Harris Elementary School changed the school locks and sent a call out to parents Tuesday after learning that one of their custodians was facing kidnapping and sex offense charges.

Raymond Tiller, 56, a custodian at Harris Elementary School in Amherst, was charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of gross sexual imposition on Tuesday.

Police said they received a sexual offense complaint regarding Tiller, and detectives began an investigation into the matter with the assistance of School Resource Officer Eric Layfield, resulting in Tiller’s arrest.

The offense was reported to have occurred at Harris, which is on South Lake Street, police said. Tiller was assigned to the afternoon shift and normally worked 2 to 11:30 p.m., with the school day ending at 3:35 p.m.

The date of the reported offense was on a weekend and not a school day, according to police. The reported victim was not a student of Amherst Schools.

Police said there have been no complaints against Tiller regarding any Amherst Schools’ students; however, the investigation remains open.

Amherst Schools Superintendent Steve Sayers said as soon as he heard of the arrest, he had the locks changed on the school and prepared the automatic phone call to go out to parents.

“He will not be in or around our school buildings … we’ve taken steps to ensure student safety,” Sayers said.

Harris Elementary Principal Beth Schwartz said Tiller was one of two custodians at Harris Elementary School, where he was worked for multiple years leading up to his arrest.

Tiller was taken to Lorain County Jail where he was being held without bond Tuesday. He was scheduled to appear today in Oberlin Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerrimanContact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.