Crestline Teacher Under Investigation For Sexual Battery

  • 5/24/2019 12:49:01 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

CRESTLINE, OH - According to a May 24th statement released by the Crestline Police Department, an employee from the Crestline Exempted Village School District is currently under investigation for Sexual Battery.

The police investigation began on March 1st, 2019. Throughout the investigation, several interviews have been conducted, evidence has been seized, and several other items of interest were taken for processing by the Ohio Internet Crimes against Children (OICAC) Task Force.

Police Chief Jeff Shook of the Crestline Police Department confirmed in the statement that the employee being investigated is a teacher that a parent previously filed complaints against in 2016. According to complaints made by the parent, the teacher in question had made inappropriate contact with her child, including making offers to take the student on special trips to sporting events and asking the student to "show [him] how to use" a video streaming app called live.ly, a discontinued social media app that the non-profit group Common Sense Media describes as "a live broadcasting tool that lets teens share too much," among several other potential violations of proper conduct.

The child's parent says that these incidents were reported to the Board of Education, then-Superintendent Noreen Mullins, and the Crestline Police Department, and claims that investigations were either quickly closed or never started to begin with. While the current investigation is centered around the same teacher, the official complaint was filed by a different parent.

Due to the sensitive nature of the case and the fact that investigations are still ongoing, no other information can be provided by the Crestline Police Department at this time.

In response to the investigation, current Interim Superintendent of Crestline schools John Miller stated the following:

"I can confirm that the Crestline School District received a complaint about a teacher this week.  That being said, the district does not comment on ongoing personnel investigations."

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