A police investigation into an alleged sexual-imposition incident at Baldwin Road Junior High School has been closed and no charges will be filed, but the school will have a new principal and assistant principal for next school year.
According to a Reynoldsburg Division of Police report, an officer was dispatched at 1:54 p.m. May 5 to the school at 2300 Baldwin Road on a report of "a sex crime."
Assistant Principal Breen Slauter told the officer a male student had been held down by two female students while another female student touched him inappropriately.
Slauter told the officer she learned May 3 of an incident that had occurred between 10:19 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. May 2 in the school's literacy lounge, according to the police report. Other students were present in the lounge at the time, along with two teachers, but the teachers told police they did not see what happened.
Four 13-year-old Baldwin Road students are listed on the report as witnesses to the incident.
On May 3, Baldwin Principal Michelle Watts and Assistant Principal Hydia Green received letters from Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning, saying they had been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigated whether they failed to follow district reporting requirements.
The boy's parents told Reynoldsburg police May 7 they did not want to pursue criminal charges for sexual imposition against the girls.
Thomas-Manning sent email letters May 9 to Baldwin Road parents about the administrators' removal, but did not give details about why they were suspended.
The Reynoldsburg Board of Education accepted Watts' resignation May 16, after retreating to an executive session to discuss a matter involving an employee. Board member Debbie Dunlap confirmed Watts' resignation would be effective May 31 and that Green's resignation also would be effective on that date.
District officials would not confirm if the resignations are connected with what occurred at the school May 2.
It's not clear from the police report when or how Watts and Green learned about the incident. When asked for clarification, Valerie Wunder, district director of communications, said, "We have nothing further to add other than what has been communicated to parents and staff."
She said no other administrators have resigned.
"With the end of the year quickly approaching, we have placed additional administrators to provide support at Baldwin Road Junior High School to provide coverage during this time," Wunder said.
The district employee handbook states all school staff and administrators are required to report situations involving students to the authorities and to central office, including any suspected child abuse, hazing, bullying, carrying a deadly weapon onto school grounds, drug dealing, murder, assault and any type of sexual violence.
Columbus Dispatch reporter Shannon Gilchrist contributed to this story.