A Northwest High School football coach and teacher has received a warning letter for allegedly failing to "maintain professional and appropriate teacher student boundaries," but does not appear to face further discipline at this time.
The teacher, who Cleveland 19 will not name since he has not been criminally charged with anything, received the letter in reference to his alleged behavior on April 26, 2016.
The letter states that a female student said the teacher used his hand to "rub her back during class." The letter goes on to say that "the student was uncomfortable with and embarrassed by such behavior."
The letter also states that since the initial complaint, other female students have come forward saying that they were "uncomfortable with a touch from [the teacher] as well."
The Canal Fulton Police Chief did confirm that two girls came forward with allegations of inappropriate touching against the teacher. The chief said that the allegations were reported by a parent and both of the the students involved on separate occasion, and each alleged the incidents happened in 2016. The chief said that the school has been cooperating with the investigation.
Cleveland 19 was told by Northwest Local School District officials that the teacher was put on paid administrative leave, but the letter doesn't state anything about that, stating only that "future concerns may result in disciplinary action."
It's apparently not the first time there have been allegations. Cleveland 19 has learned that the teacher, the private Catholic school he worked for and the diocese that school was in was sued in the early 1990s. In 2002, the Toledo Blade reported that the teacher was sued, accused of sexually touching and harassing a 15-year-old female student. The report stated that a confidential settlement was reached between victim and diocesan lawyers in 1995.
Cleveland 19 reached out to the Ohio Department of Education and learned that the suspect doesn't have any disciplinary history with the ODE. The department spokesperson wouldn't confirm or deny if there were any investigations into his behavior in the past.
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