Mike D’Oyly has been put on administrative leave pending the investigation, Peden said. D’Oyly’s cell phone and computer were confiscated by police.
The Fruitport man, who also is on staff as the organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven, was accused by a former student who came forward recently, officials said.
A church official did not return a phone call Friday night.
The superintendent said he was sending a letter home — urging parents to talk to their children — after the allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior surfaced..
Peden said he sympathizes with parents worried about their children.
“I would say I have the same fear — and this is a great night to hug their kids, “ Peden said.
Investigators obtained a search warrant, finding inappropriate photographs and text messages between D’Oyly and students, according to Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague.
“We’ve seen sexually explicit conduct which would be inappropriate for a school official, “ Tague said.
So far, all of the alleged victims were current or former male students. But there could be more.
“At this point, we’re worried about the extent and number of possible victims,” Tague said.
Counselors and social workers were at the school to help both potential victims and other students.
“My fear is that we have a number of victims walking around the building and they don’t know what to do — and they need help,” Peden said.
The superintendent said D’Oyly did pass a standard background check.
No charges have been filed yet, but prosecutors said that will likely happen soon.
D’Oyly had been a volunteer in the school system for about 10 years, and a paraprofessional — mostly for the choirs — for the last 10-12 years, Peden said.
Alex Shabad and Jon Mills of WZZM-TV provided information for this story.