No criminal charges for Hamilton teacher investigated for misconduct

No criminal charges for Hamilton teacher investigated for misconduct

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A Garfield Middle School teacher was placed on paid leave Oct. 23 as police and district officials reviewed the teacher’s conduct. The district said today that no criminal charges will be filed against the teacher after an investigation by police. STAFF FILE PHOTO

UPDATE@11:30 a.m.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the police investigation of the the accused Hamilton City Schools teacher was reviewed by his sexual assault task force and it was deemed criminal charges were not warranted.

“There was insufficient evidence to support a criminal charge,” Gmoser told this news outlet.

INITIAL REPORT:

No criminal charges will be filed against a Hamilton City Schools teacher who was accused of possible sexual imposition by students, according to the school district.

The Garfield Middle School teacher was put on paid leave Oct. 23 while Hamilton Police and school officials reviewed the teacher’s conduct, school officials said last week.

“The Hamilton Police Department has reviewed a case of potential employee misconduct brought to its attention by the Hamilton City School District and no criminal charges are being filed,” Joni Copas, director of communications for the Hamilton City School District told this news outlet.

According to the Oct. 23 police report obtained by this news outlet, the police investigation involved possible sexual imposition.

“Victims advise over the last several weeks the suspect had touched them in ways on their body that made them feel uncomfortable,” an officer wrote in the police report.

Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson previously said detectives were investigating to determine if accusations from the students were “valid or criminal in nature.”

Now, the district “will be reviewing this personnel matter internally,” Copas said today.

“Parents entrust their children to us every day, which is something we take very seriously, and therefore the safety of their children is our first priority,” she said.

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