Our earlier brief on the arrest of a Rountree Elementary School staffer certainly won't be the last word on the case. Even before news of the arrest became public, parents in the central-Springfield area were talking about the teacher, Mark Washam.
Our sources say a "good-touch, bad-touch" assembly brought the allegations against Washam to the surface. The school calendar shows third- and fifth-graders had a "Better Safe Than Sorry" presentation on March 1; police say the first child-abuse hotline call in the case was made March 2 -- coincidentally, Washam's 42nd birthday.
Police say they conducted interviews with "victims and their families" the next day. Washam was arrested Monday, but has not been charged with a crime. Missouri law requires a charge within 20 hours of an arrest, or the suspect is released.
The Springfield Police Department named Washam in its news release. But mainstream media outlets are holding off, for now.
The News-Leader didn't name Washam in its Wednesday afternoon news update, but identified the school as Rountree.
KYTV went one step further, reporting that "because no formal charges are filed, KY3 News isn’t identifying the school because it would identify the teacher."
KOLR didn't have the story on its web site as of Wednesday evening.
KSPR, the ABC affiliate, hasn't updated its news page since Feb. 13.