CLEVELAND — An Our Lady of Angels teacher has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for allegedly sending text messages to an undercover officer posing as a minor.
Greg Kinat was a music teacher at the school.
He was charged with two counts of importuning.
According to court documents, Kinat reached out to an undercover detective that he thought was a teenager to engage in sexual activity.
His bond was set at $15,000.
School officials said investigators told them about the case and that it did not involve any of its students.
The Diocese of Cleveland released the following statement about his arrest:
"Our Lady of Angels School (Cleveland) and the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland were shocked and disturbed to learn of the arrest of the music teacher of Our Lady of Angels School at his home this morning on charges related to communications he allegedly had with a person he believed was a minor. According to a law enforcement official who spoke with school and diocesan representatives, the conduct that lead to the teacher’s arrest did not involve any of the students at the school or in fact any actual minor. After being notified of the matter, the school immediately placed the teacher on leave pending the outcome of the matter.
Our Lady of Angels School and the Diocese of Cleveland are truly grateful for all the work done by law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes against children and are dedicated to protecting the children entrusted to their care. In accordance with diocesan policy, school teachers, staff, and volunteers undergo an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification criminal records check and are required to complete child abuse awareness and prevention training through the VIRTUS program, which is a nationally recognized child abuse awareness and prevention program."