The Whitehall Board of Education on Sept. 13 voted to approve a recommendation of Superintendent Brian Hamler that a Whitehall-Yearling High School employee be fired after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced Sept. 5.

The firing was part of a six-item personnel recommendation that board members unanimously approved with no discussion, said Ty Debevoise, the district’s communication director. The other items were related to retirement, resignation and hiring of other employees.

ThisWeek is not naming the employee who was fired because charges have not been filed.

The employee, who assists with the high school’s drama department, was placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 5 after the allegation was raised and the Whitehall Division of Police launched an investigation, Debevoise said.

The Westerville Division of Police is leading the investigation because the reported incidents are believed to have occurred at a residence in Westerville, Debevoise said.

“We are investigating a Whitehall school employee” accused of “sexual contact” with a female under 18 years old, Westerville Lt. Charles Chandler said last week.

Investigators do not know whether the sexual contact occurred once or on multiple occasions in the past, he said.

The investigation began after a Whitehall student reported the incident to a teacher and the teacher told an administrator, Debevoise said.

Whitehall Deputy Chief Dan Kelso said his division handed over the investigation to Westerville police after learning of the alleged location.

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