A school support worker in northwestern Manitoba is facing a number of sex charges after police were told a teenage boy may have been assaulted.

RCMP say someone approached police in late August with concerns about an incident this past winter involving a boy and an employee of a school in Flin Flon, Man.

On Tuesday, a 36-year-old female worker was arrested and charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

Sgt. Line Karpish says the woman has been released from custody but faces strict conditions, including no contact with children under the age of 16.

"Of course, there's always a great deal of concern when it is anyone that has contact with children in a community," Karpish said.

"She is an individual, as I understand it, that is an employee of the school and has considerable contact with youth in the community."

Blaine Veitch, superintendent of the Flin Flon School Division, says the news has shocked and disappointed staff and students.

"I was in shock. I know her and it didn't seem to be in character," he told CBC News.

"But I also sympathize, if it did happen, with the victim, and would never want that to happen to any child."

Veitch said the woman is still employed with the school division but she has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The woman is scheduled to appear in court in Flin Flon on Nov. 7.