A Whitehall-Yearling High School employee was placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 5 after allegations of sexual misconduct involving a student at the school.

Police launched an investigation Wednesday into the allegation against the part-time employee, who assists with the school’s drama department, said Ty Debevoise, the district’s communication director. The employee is not allowed to have contact with students or be on school property while on leave, Debevoise said.

He said that based on information obtained by the district, Superintendent Brian Hamler intends to recommend to the school board next week that the employee be fired. The district has not released the name of the employee.

In an official statement, the school district said the allegation involves “an inappropriate physical relationship between a student and a supplemental drama department employee.”

Westerville police are leading the investigation because the reported incidents are believed to have occurred in that city, Debevoise said.

Debevoise said a teacher had informed administrators about the allegation after being informed by a student. Administrators then alerted police and placed the employee on leave, he said.

The district alerted students, staff members and families of the investigation in a robocall Wednesday afternoon.

The robocall also urged people who have information about “this situation or other incidents” to call 614-417-5101.

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