ALBANY, N.Y. -- A regularly scheduled field trip for kindergarten students from Cambridge Elementary School to the state museum led to charges of sexual abuse Tuesday.
Just after 11:30 Tuesday morning, Edward Tubbs Jr. subjected a 6-year-old boy to sexual contact in the public bathroom, according to police.
"I have a son in fourth grade and a daughter in second grade and both have been on that field trip to the state museum," said Megan Olson, a parent in the Cambridge school district. "It's always been a safe field trip."
Olson said she was shocked by the incident.
"We have plenty of chaperones and the parents watch carefully, so it's a little scary that these things happen," she said.
Albany police said this is not Tubbs' first arrest. In 2010, he was arrested for public lewdness.
Tuesday, he was charged with first degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
State Police say the child's mother was able to give a full description of the suspect, after seeing him run out of the bathroom.
"She was waiting directly outside the bathroom and when she heard her child cry out, her primary interest was getting to the child to make sure the child was safe," Captain Timothy Munro said. "It's exactly what we expect a parent to do."
Through an automated email system all parents were notified of the incident, including Olson.
"I hope it will help parents and teachers find a way to help keep their kids safe and secure," she said.