Sour Note: High School Band Director Accused Of Having Sex With Student Resigns
Berea, OH - An Olmsted Falls High School teacher and band director in court Tuesday morning.
This, after Edgar Berry allegedly had an inappropriate sexual relationship with an underage female member of the band.
19 Action News has learned the 38-year-old was previously warned for talking dirty to students.
That same thing also happened while Berry was the band director at Bay Village.
Berry was the Bay Village band director until 2006 but resigned to take the position at Olmsted Falls.
Olmsted Falls School District released the following statement late Tuesday afternoon:
Olmsted Falls (January 6, 2009) - Olmsted Falls School District officials received and accepted a letter of resignation this afternoon from Mr. Edgar Berry, the Olmsted Falls High School instrumental teacher and band director who was placed on administrative leave the afternoon of Thursday, December 18th in conjunction with an investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a high school student. Mr. Berry, who was taken into custody on Tuesday, December 30th by Olmsted Township Police, submitted the letter to the District's Board Office through his attorney at approximately 2:30 pm. The letter states that Mr. Berry's resignation will take effect on Wednesday, January 7th.
The formal resignation of Mr. Berry will bring an end to the paid administrative leave to which - by law - he had been assigned by the District. Mr. Berry's paid administrative leave spanned a total of four work days including: Friday, December 19th; Monday, January 5th; Tuesday, January 6 and Wednesday, January 7th Mr. Berry did not receive pay for any days during the District's winter break period, which began on Monday, December 22nd and ended on Friday, January 2nd.
When school resumed on Monday, January 5th, District administration had already put an existing music instructor from Olmsted Falls Middle School in place at Olmsted Falls High School to ensure seamless instruction for its instrumental students as they finish out the semester. On Monday, January 5, the District also secured the services of an additional music teacher, who lives in the community and is an alumnus of Olmsted Falls High School, to replace that instructor at the Middle School for the remainder of the year. Temporary coverage of the 5th grade band program - which was included in Mr. Berry's contracted responsibilities - has been arranged but not yet finalized.
Mr. Berry began his employment at Olmsted Falls High School at the start of the 2006-2007 school year, following extensive background checks with current and former employers, as well as the required criminal background check through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal identification (BCI). Mr. Berry was currently in the middle of his third year with the Olmsted Falls School District when the allegations at hand surfaced.
District officials placed a priority on direct communication with both parents and staff regarding the situation with Mr. Berry, as well as being prepared for the return of students on Monday, January 5th
Counseling opportunities are available to students at Olmsted Falls High School Olmsted Falls School District plans to continue its communications outreach to parents. Parents are encouraged to contact District administrators with any questions or concerns in this matter. The District also continues to cooperate with local authorities in the ongoing case against Mr. Berry.