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2 Valley schools confront alleged indecent conduct



Published: Wed, April 18, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Fitch High employee quits over comments; Boardman employee under investigation

By Elise Franco

and Ashley Luthern

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Two Mahoning County school districts are responding to allegations of inappropriate conduct by employees.

In Austintown, a Fitch High School employee resigned last month after inappropriate comments were made to a 16-year-old male student, two school officials confirmed.

In Boardman, Police Chief Jack Nichols confirmed Tuesday that a criminal investigation has begun into the conduct of a Boardman school employee who is now on leave. Nichols said the investigation is ongoing, and because of that he declined to discuss case details.

Boardman schools Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said the district had been conducting its own investigation into the allegations, but it was ended. Lazzeri had no further comment Tuesday, saying he was acting on the advice of the district’s attorney and prosecutors.

Austintown schools Superintendent Vincent Colaluca said a 55-year-old nonteaching employee, who worked in the district for seven years, sent a letter of resignation March 19. The resignation was accepted by the school board during Monday’s meeting.

The district learned of the allegations after the student filed a police report in Austintown on March 16, which said the male employee had made several comments that were sexual in nature starting in October 2011.

The man was accused of asking the boy if he watched pornography, and if he was sexually active. The comments were made in school hallways when no one else was present, the police report said. The student decided to file the report because, he said, the employee began asking if they could watch porn together.

Austintown Detective Sgt. Kathy Dina said the man won’t be charged criminally because a police investigation determined that the comments weren’t illegal. He didn’t proposition the teen to perform or take part in any physical sexual activity.

“What he did wasn’t a criminal matter,” she said. The “specific comments weren’t illegal, even if they were said to a minor.”

Colaluca said the school district began its own investigation as soon as the allegations were made. Colaluca said he and Fitch Principal Doug McGlynn met with the employee.

“Definitely things were said that were inappropriate,” Colaluca said.

McGlynn and Colaluca both said the incident was the first complaint against the employee in his seven years with the district.

“We take these types of situations very seriously,” Colaluca said. “He resigned before the district could take any further action.”


Comments

1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Chop their nads off and send em right to prison.
Seems you can't pick up a newspaper or watch the tv news without hearing about some creepy old perv hitting on kids.

Enough is enough !!!
There are far to many horse faced Sanduskys running around out there !!
Our kids should be safe from these sick b@#^$%#s especially at school.

In fact when these crimes happen at a school the jail sentences and fines should be doubled.

No tolerance for perverts and creeps !!!

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2ytownreg(3 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Prosecute them both. Anyone hurting children need to be prosecuted. Why is the Boardman employee being paid on leave and they have closed the case? Charges need to be filed and quit wasting taxpayers dollars. Cover up, why? Children were hurt, traumatized

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3kensgirl(574 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

It just goes to show that no matter how many background checks you do on someone there are no safeguards against this type of behavior. History has shown us that sexual deviants reoffend time and time again. Put them in the penn and throw away the key. To all the liberals out there who stick up for these people shame on you. I hate it when serial killers/rapists are put to death and there's a group of idiots holding candles outside the gate. What if that were YOUR child or relative? These perverts need to be taken out of our society - permantly!

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4kensgirl(574 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

taxme - whenever insecure people like you are put on the spot you start making personal attacks. Just goes to show how immature you are. BTW - I don't like Rush. Never have. Now if you want to talk about liberals in general I tend to disagree on much of their philosophies. The ACLU for one is way too far to the left. They defend organizations like NAMBLA who are open and proud about molesting young boys. What say you taxme?????

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5Hlecter(59 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I have heard from a trusted source that the Boardman "incident" is a trumped up complaint by some players who were po's about lack of playing time.
As with all cases of this nature, let it play out and hopefully the Boardman News will have updates on it cause you won't see anything in the Vindy. 99.9% sure the guy they identified in the Bdmn News is innocent of any wrongdoing.

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6jeepers(127 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Any adult attempting to engage in porno-watching with a student should be banned from ever working around kids again..However, teenagers have been known to fabricate [lie] stories if things dont go as they like or desire..It would be a difficult decision to have to fire anyone only on the word of one student..Just the accusation can destroy a person's reputation. Adults falsely accusing another adult is also equally devastating- Been there.

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7vetpal3(1 comment)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

taxme and hlector,
Not true and you better reconsider your sources. It had NOTHING to do with girls' playing time and everything to do wtih a man that doesn't belong in any school or around any kids. Inappropriate.
.01 % is for those that hit the lottery but also for those who are victims of crimes and it is ashame that some try to minimize the situation to protect adults that need to be locked up. Man in Boardman news story can't be made innocent when those that are not directly involved really don't know the situation. Don't trust school officials to tell the truth when heads have been turned away from facing what is going on in the district at the cost and safety of students. Is school a safe place for kids anymore? Watch the news and read the news for that answer. Some schools are when they are about kids and adults are paying attention to what is going on. Not safe when adults are worried about their own jobs and well being. If the entire team of players are complaining about playing time then no one would have played.

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