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St. Edward part-time coach accused of inappropriate behavior of sexual nature

Posted at 4:07 PM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 22:09:07-05

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A St. Edward part-time coach has been suspended indefinitely after he was accused of inappropriate behavior of sexual nature.

School officials said they immediately contacted the Lakewood Police Department on Thursday and suspended the coach with no pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The coach has been told to have no contact with anyone involved with the school.

"These are disturbing allegations, and our concern is solely for the health and safety of our students. We have informed our community and instructed anyone with information to contact the Lakewood Police Department. We also have asked them to keep our community in their prayers during this difficult time, especially those who were affected by this behavior," spokesperson KC McKenna said.

McKenna said the school conducts background checks on all employees, including part-time coaches, and requires that they participate in VIRTUS training to protect children and schools against sexual abuse.

"We encourage anyone who is aware of inappropriate behavior to report their concerns to a trusted adult," McKenna said. "We are grateful to those who came forward to report this behavior, and will do whatever we can to support them and to protect their privacy."

The man was also a firefighter for the city of Cleveland.

City officials said no decision on his employment status will be made until additional information is obtained.