Springfield Local teacher faces criminal charges

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — A teacher with Springfield Local Schools “will not be returning to the classroom indefinitely,” as he faces charges of telecommunications harassment and obstructing official business.

James Pluchinsky, 33, was arrested by Poland Township Police and booked into the Mahoning County jail on Saturday, according to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office website. He was released on bond the same day.

On Thursday, families in the Springfield District received a voicemail informing them that Pluchinsky had been relieved of his classroom duties for the remainder of this school year and he would not be returning to the classroom indefinitely.

“We want to assure our parents that this change in personnel was not due to any safety concerns and it will not disrupt instruction for the remainder of the year. Our district remains focused on maintaining order inside the classroom and we look forward to completing another successful school year,” the voicemail said.

Police said he is accused of sending an email to Poland school officials trying to sabotage a teacher candidate there because Pluchinsky applied for the same position.

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