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Authorities say allegations against Lake Catholic High School swim coach unfounded

No charges will be filed
Posted at 1:51 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 15:12:21-05

MENTOR, Ohio — According to Mentor city officials, allegations of improper sexual conduct between a swim coach and a student at Lake Catholic High School were unfounded.

Authorities placed the coach on administrative leave earlier this week when the allegations surfaced.

The Mentor Police Department opened an investigation into the matter on Monday but later determined the allegations were unfounded, officials said.

Authorities said that no charges will be sought.

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland issued the following statement on Friday:

"We have received notice from the Mentor Police Department that the allegations against the Lake Catholic swim coach regarding inappropriate sexual conduct with a student were unfounded. We are relieved that no children suffered the harms described in the initial allegations.

The administration of Lake Catholic High School sincerely appreciates the efforts of the Mentor Police Department and Children’s Services who took swift action, completed a thorough investigation and provided guidance in this matter.

Lake Catholic High School and the Diocese of Cleveland take every allegation of sexual misconduct seriously as the safety of children is of the utmost importance."

According to the diocese, the coach's suspension has been lifted.

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