Lutheran High Athletic Director investigation complete - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Lutheran High Athletic Director investigation complete


Days after a Carl Monday investigation into a high school athletic director accused of inappropriate behavior with a student, the school has released a statement regarding their investigation.

Principal Chris Steinmann released the following statement:

"We have completed our investigation of the allegations of inappropriate conduct raised against our Athletic Director. As previously stated, we will not comment publicly on those allegations. Over the last 10 years, Roger McClinton has served Lutheran East and its students well and has been an asset to our programs. He will remain on paid administrative leave through the balance of his contract term as Athletic Director, which expires on June 30. However, we will not be offering a contract to Mr. McClinton for the 2012-2013 academic year and have begun a search to hire an athletic director and a boys' varsity basketball coach for the upcoming year."

19 Action News Investigator Carl Monday spent Tuesday doing his own investigation into the disturbing allegations.

McClinton has been off since around the same time Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeff Robertson received allegations from Children & Family Services.

"The report came back as alleged verbal contact, that was inappropriate between a school employee and two students," said Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeff Robertson.
McClinton doubles as the boys basketball coach but it's two teenage girls that are making the allegations.

19 Action News had no success in getting McClinton's side of the story.

Back at the school, where the trophy case trumpets McClinton's ten years of athletic excellence, and the Ten Commandments grace the walls, the principal puts a religious spin on some serious allegations.

"Any time human beings are involved sin invariably happens.  And when sin happens we have to get to the bottom of it and do all we can to root it out, in a manner that's pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ," said Principal Chris Steinmann.

The police chief says, they'll decide in the next couple of days, whether to file charges -- after Children and Family Services and his detectives, wrap up their investigations.

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