BUCKEYE, Ariz. — A substitute teacher at a Buckeye elementary school has been arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching two female students.

Buckeye police say 28-year-old Brian Scritchfield of Litchfield Park is being held on suspicion of one count of child molestation and two counts of aggravated assault of a minor.

Police went to Westpark Elementary after school officials reported that two girls — ages 12 and 13 — had been inappropriately touched by a teacher Thursday.

Buckeye Elementary School District officials say Scritchfield won’t be returning to any campus in the district.

Scritchfield was employed by a temporary agency contracted by the school district.

Bond was set at $100,000 at Scritchfield’s initial court appearance Friday.

He doesn’t have an attorney yet.

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