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East Chapel Hill High School employee fired after sexual assault allegation

Posted December 16, 2016

— An East Chapel Hill High School employee was fired after being accused of sexually assaulting a student, officials said.

A police report calls the incident "sexual battery," and said it occurred on the afternoon on Dec. 5 at the school.

A note to parents from Principal Eileen Tully said the school notified the Chapel Hill Police Department earlier this week of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student. Jeff Nash, a spokesman for the school, would not identify the employee.

Nash confirmed the employee no longer worked at the school.

"Earlier this week, we notified the Chapel Hill Police Department of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student at East," the note from Tully said. "The police are actively investigating. The suspect is no longer at school and will not return. I know that students and parents have many questions. I am sorry that I cannot share additional details at this time as the law requires me to protect student and employee confidentiality. Please know that my top priority is, and always will be, the safety and protection of my students."

No charges have been filed.

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  • Norman Lewis Dec 17, 12:39 a.m.
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    Am I missing something? Innocent until proven guilty? This story may or may not be true but firing an employee without a trial is a bit extreme. Don't get me wrong, if guilty, this man or woman, should never be in public service again but unless the school system has proof or a confession of illegal actions, suspension is the only legal action pending a trial. If we devolve to the point that only an accusation is grounds for punishment, then the Salem Witch trial days have come again. Anyone remember the Little Rascals daycare fiasco a few years ago where the owners were basically tried, convicted and sentenced in the court of public opinion, with no proof or evidence and outrageous, highly improbable accusations? Note for the less informed public, NO PROOF WAS EVER FOUND of criminal activities.