Columbus School for Girls teacher fired after allegations of illegal sexual conduct in past position with Westerville City Schools


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A German teacher at the Columbus School for Girls has been fired after allegations surfaced that he had illegal sexual conduct with male minors while teaching at Westerville City Schools approximately 50 years ago.

Greg Viebranz, executive director of communications and technology for Westerville City Schools, said in an email that Nocks ran the Westerville High School theater department from 1963-1983. WHS became Westerville South in 1975.

Viebranz said two individuals who were former theater students had a meeting with district officials Dec. 18 to share information about Nocks.

“District officials also immediately reviewed the personnel files of Mr. Nocks,” Viebranz wrote in an email to NBC4. “They found nothing indicating that concerns of this alleged behavior were raised or investigated at any point while Mr. Nocks worked for the district. Mr. Nocks also worked as a bus driver in the district following his tenure as a teacher; nothing in this personnel file indicates that such concerns were raised or investigated.

“District officials are responsible for bringing this matter to the attention of law enforcement. Because Mr. Nocks is no longer an employee of Westerville City Schools, the matter is entirely in the hands of the Westerville Police Department. We have cooperated and will continue to cooperate in their investigation. We encourage anyone with information that may be pertinent to the investigation to contact Westerville Police.”

Head of School Jennifer Ciccarelli emphasized in a letter to the CSG community that there is “absolutely no indication” that Ron Nocks engaged in inappropriate behavior with CSG students or staff.

According to Ciccarelli’s letter, the school learned Dec. 21 of two allegations of illegal sexual conduct with male minors from the Westerville district. Westerville Police reportedly told Ciccarelli that Nocks admitted to allegations by one of his alleged victims. Nocks was then terminated.

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