Investigation into sexual misconduct involving student to ‘take a while’

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FRANKLIN, Ohio (WDTN) – The Franklin Police Chief and the Superintendent of Franklin City Schools held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the investigation sexual misconduct by a school employee involving a 15-year-old student.

Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman said the investigation is sexual in nature but would not elaborate beyond saying the investigation is expected to take some time and authorities are looking into the possibility of other victims.

No charges have been filed in this case.

Franklin School Superintendent, Dr. Michael Sander, said it was unfortunate and praised the police department for the handling of the case thus far. Sander would not specify which school the employee worked in but did say the employee was a cafeteria worker as well as a night shift custodian.

Officers were called the Franklin City Schools after school administrators conducted an inquiry into rumors of sexual misconduct between a school employee and a 15-year-old student.

In a written release, Franklin Police say the parent, student and employee were all interviewed by school staff. The employee was placed on administrative leave while the internal investigation continued.

A criminal investigation by the Franklin Police Department

According to the release, the employee resigned after being placed on leave. The school employee was a cafeteria worker and a night shift custodian.

Police say they do not believe that any improper conduct occurred on school grounds or during school hours. No charges have been filed at this time and the criminal investigation is ongoing.

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