Created on Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Written by MANDY LOEHR
Riverside Board of Education members voted unanimously at their Tuesday evening meeting to suspend music teacher and marching band director Tim Shook without pay, effective March 22.
The action comes two weeks after Mr. Shook was indicted by a Logan County Grand Jury on a number of charges stemming from incidents involving two female students.
He has entered not guilty pleas to first-degree felony count of rape, five counts of third-degree felony sexual battery, one fourth-degree felony count of attempted sexual battery and three third-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition, as previously reported in the Examiner.
Superintendent Scott Mann said he recommended the suspension of Mr. Shook without pay in accordance with Ohio Revised Code requirements regarding teachers that are indicted for certain offenses, including any felony offense.
In addition, the district will notify the Ohio Department of Education about the teacher's suspension and the indictments that have been filed against him. If convicted of the offenses, Mr. Shook would also face the revocation of his teaching license.
Mr. Shook had been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 4 after a parent complained about inappropriate classroom behavior. Allegations were that the music teacher administered "birthday spankings" and stripped down to a pair of tight fitting shorts to discourage students from wearing similar shorts or yoga pants.
At that time, school officials turned the matter over to deputies of the Logan County Sheriff's Office and then the Logan County Prosecutor's Office.
During follow-up investigation, one of the victims told her parents of repeated sex acts with the defendant and another stepped forward with allegations he inappropriately touched her and made suggestive comments.
For further details, see Wednesday's Examiner.