Former Delaware Co. school administrator placed on leave after accused of inappropriate contact with student

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A former school administrator at Ventures Academy in Delaware County is on administrative leave amid allegations that she had inappropriate sexual contact with a male student.

A news release from the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio says the administrator has worked for ESC since 2002 as a special education teacher and most recently as director of Ventures Academy.

ESC Deputy Superintendent Mike Trego says the organization responded immediately after learning of the allegations.

“Protecting students is our top priority, so everyone in our organization is sickened by the alleged actions,” Trego said. “As soon as we learned of this, we took immediate action to remove her from access to any students and we’re cooperating with law enforcement to ensure that justice is done.”

Sources tell NBC4 the victim is a 14-year-old boy and that police are investigating multiple incidents.

Trego also announced that the student and his family have been offered counseling and that counselors and other support will be available to any student who has a concern about this situation.

The ESC of Central Ohio contracts with school districts throughout Central Ohio to provide special education and professional development services.

It also operates Ventures Academy in Delaware, an alternative education program designed to serve youth in grades 1-12 who need social and behavioral intervention to succeed academically. 

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