Police investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by school aide
COAL TOWNSHIP - An allegation of sexual misconduct made by a Shamokin Area High School student against a school aide has been turned over to Coal Township police, the district superintendent confirmed Thursday.
Superintendent James T. Zack withheld further comment, but multiple sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the pending police investigation said the female aide has been suspended indefinitely.
The male student, believed to be an upperclassmen, reportedly told school authorities last month that he and the aide had sexual contact, the sources said.
At least two incidents were cited by the student, one of which is alleged to have occurred on school grounds. The misconduct is
alleged to have occurred this school year alone.
The students' parents are reportedly aware of the allegations.
"We're certainly adamant about getting the issue resolved, but for fairness to both parties I'd like to reserve comment pending the outcome of the investigation," Ronald P. McElwee, school board president, said when reached for comment.
Coal Township Police Chief William Carpenter said Detective Jeffrey Brennan was assigned the case late last month. He said a resolution shouldn't be expected quickly.