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Akron wrestling coach on leave following allegations of inappropriate relationship with student

Posted at 11:04 AM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 11:05:11-04

AKRON, Ohio — A wrestling coach from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to News 5 Cleveland’s media partner Akron Beacon Journal/

Parents were notified of the situation regarding coach Harry Lester by a letter sent from school president Thomas M. Carone, reported.

Akron police are investigating the allegations.

The alleged relationship happened last year, and the student allegedly involved has since graduated, reported.

Anyone with information regarding the allegations is asked to call Akron Police Detective Gary Shadie at 330-620-4927.

According to, Lester is a 2012 Olympian and world bronze medalist. He competed on the U.S. World Team eight times and was the winner of six U.S. Open championships.

Lester has been a wrestling coach with the district since April 2016, reported.