OOLOGAH, Oklahoma - The Oologah-Talala superintendent of schools issued a statement to News On 6 on Thursday confirming there is an ongoing criminal investigation involving a staff member.

Superintendent Max Tanner's statement says:

“The Oologah School District takes the safety of its students very seriously and does everything it can to provide a safe learning environment. The District recently learned of allegations of inappropriate contact between a student and an employee. The District immediately notified law enforcement of the allegations and the District is currently cooperating with law enforcement. The staff member is on administrative leave while this matter is being investigated. The District will not comment further on this incident because of the ongoing criminal investigation and confidentiality rights of the parties involved.”

OSBI spokesperson Jessica Brown said she cannot confirm details of the investigation, but confirmed there is one. She said the investigation centers on the high school.

“We are investigating the allegations,” Brown said. “We have a couple of agents at the school today interviewing students and faculty. The people who are there are part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. They do specialize in computer forensics. I can’t say specifically yet if (computer forensics) is involved in this case, but it usually is when you are talking about children like this.

"I do not know what kind of employee is (allegedly) involved or the age of the children. I do not know how many. We just started the investigation today.”