Piqua police closes case against former teacher

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – The investigation into a former Piqua High School teacher’s alleged misconduct is now closed.

The former teacher was never formally charged in the allegation, after students reportedly accused him of “unprofessional behavior,” according to initial reports.

Days after the accusation surfaced, the teacher – a former assistant band director and tennis coach – resigned.

Our partners at the Piqua Daily Call report that the Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison said, “this was investigated as a child abuse complaint,” Jamison wrote in the letter. “Based on the initial information it was certainly reasonable to suspect that a child been a victim of child endangering or a juvenile-related sex crime. We also explored the possibility that someone had been a victim of Criminal Child Enticement. No evidence was found to substantiate any such illegal activities by the letter of the law. This case has been reviewed and we are closing it as an ‘unfounded’ complaint.”

“Please understand that your initial request for an investigation was in no way ‘unfounded,’” Jamison said in a letter. “This is a term used in a variety of circumstances when we are reporting on the disposition of crimes investigated. It should, in no way, affect the decisions of you or your staff in future contemplations on whether to reported suspected abuse.”

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