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Misconduct probe prompts suspension of Johnston coach

James McNamara, who teaches at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, was placed on administrative leave with pay Wednesday, Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said.

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — The Johnston County school system has placed a high school wrestling coach on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct involving a student, authorities said Wednesday.

James McNamara, who teaches at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, is on  leave with pay, Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said.

She declined any further comment on the matter but said McNamara was hired in August 2010.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating alleged misconduct between a school employee and a female student.

"As always, we will fully cooperate with any law enforcement investigation," Sessoms said.

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