Warrensville Heights High School band director detained, charged with felony

Warrensville Heights HS band director faces felony charge

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A Warrensville Heights Police detective confirms a Warrensville Heights high school teacher Duane Keeton was taken into custody on Aug. 9 at the school.

On Friday evening, Keeton was charged with felony importuning, which means asking someone pressingly or persistently for, or to do, something.

A police detective said Keeton was accused of molesting kids earlier this afternoon. Now, an attorney with the city says Keeton is accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor.

The police detective who spoke with Cleveland 19 News around 1:30 p.m. said investigators are asking possible victims to contact police at 216-581-1234.

The school district has released the following statement:

Warrensville Heights, Ohio - On August 10, 2018, the Warrensville Heights City School District Board of Education relieved the High School Band Director of his teaching duties, with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged misconduct.  Superintendent Donald Jolly would not elaborate on the specific conduct warranting the Band Director's relief from duty.  "Because this matter is in the investigatory stage, it would be improper for me to disclose any additional information at this time," said Mr. Jolly.  Mr. Jolly went on to state, "During this difficult time I want to assure parents and students that the Band Program and practices will continue under the leadership of a qualified Interim Band Director.  Parents and students of the Band Program will receive additional necessary information directly.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, Keeton had his last FBI background check in 2014 and he has no prior discipline record with the state.

Keeton was certified to teach Social Studies and Government for the 2017-2018 school year.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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