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Former Solon School District band director accused of sexual contact with a 12-year-old

Posted at 9:37 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 12:22:38-04

SOLON, Ohio — A former band director for the Solon School District has been accused of engaging in sexual contact involving a 12-year-old, according to the Solon Police Department.

Edward Kline is charged with gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. The charge stems from an investigation that started in June against the former Solon School District band director.

The alleged incident occurred in September 2010 at Solon Middle School. According to the district, Kline resigned from Solon Schools after the 2017-18 school year, with an effective resignation date of Aug. 31, 2018.

Solon police said more charges are anticipated once the case is presented to a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

The Solon School District released the following statement following the arrest of Kline:

We have been informed by the Solon Police Department that a former teacher was arrested and charged today in relation to inappropriate contact with a student in 2010. The district first became aware of these troubling new allegations this summer.

As we communicated to our school community in June when these new reports were made, school should be a safe space and we take the safety and emotional well-being of all our students – past and present – extremely seriously.

The district is unable to comment further, at this time, as this is still an ongoing investigation and involves matters that must be kept confidential to protect the student’s privacy rights. However, it is always important to remind students and families to immediately report anything concerning to the school and/or law enforcement. The district’s Safe School Helpline (1-800-418- 6423, ext. 359, or text TIPS to 66746) is available 24/7 for confidential reporting of inappropriate or illegal activity.

Kline is being held on a $50,000 bond. His next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

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