Mahoning County High School aide indicted

Staff report


An instructional assistant at Mahoning County High School has been placed on leave after a grand jury indicted him last week.

A news release from the school said the assistant, Eric Ratliff, 51, of Stocker Avenue, was placed on leave last Thursday, the day the indictment was issued, and he has not been back to the school, located on Bryn Mawr Avenue on the city’s East Side.

Ratliff is charged with two counts of child endangering.

The school’s news release stressed the incident that led to the charges against Ratliff did not occur on school grounds, and no student at the school was involved.

Ratliff had served as a corrections officer at the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center since 2014.

A representative for Judge Theresa Dellick of Mahoning County Juvenile Court said Ratliff was put on leave Aug. 10 at the justice center once allegations of child endangering were made and was fired from there shortly after Aug. 21.

Ratliff has no prior criminal record, according to court records.

“As soon as [we] became aware of the investigation, immediate action was taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the detained students,” Judge Dellick said Tuesday. “No detention student was involved in any of the alleged charges.”

Mahoning County High School, established in 2008, is a public community school that provides education for students from the county’s high schools who have been suspended or expelled.

The school is sponsored through a partnership with Mahoning County Educational Service Center and the juvenile justice center.

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