A Gilbert science teacher arrested last week on suspicion of attempted child molestation had previously worked as a geologist for the U.S. Forestry Service and taught at a Valley community college, according to his personnel file released Wednesday.
One of the recommendations listed in Robert "Barney" Oldfield’s file was that he designed a training course for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Training Center’s Arizona office.
Before coming to the Gilbert Unified School District in 1999, the Highland High School teacher was a geology teacher at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, a geologist for the U.S. Forest Service in four states including Arizona, a Boston College teaching assistant, an environmental program specialist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and a science teacher in Massachusetts and Kentucky.
Oldfield is currently on paid administrative leave from his $36,088 position pending the investigation. He is restricted from Highland.
A co-worker at the school reported to principal Ken James on Aug. 11 that her 10-year-old daughter had told her that Oldfield, 59, attempted to molest her on the school campus in 2000, police said. He was arrested Aug. 21 off the campus.
A man answering Oldfield’s phone Wednesday said the teacher was "restricted" from answering questions involving the investigation.