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Alleged sexual assault by Sentinel HS staff member investigated

Posted: 9:25 PM, Sep 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-01 19:00:28-04
Alleged sexual assault by Sentinel HS staff member investigated

A Sentinel High School staff member is on administrative leave this week pending an investigation regarding an alleged sexual assault of a former student.

Principal Ryan Rettig sent an email to parents about the incident on Monday. He writes the alleged incident happened several years ago while the student was at Sentinel High School.

Rettig says in cases like this, staff members are immediately placed on leave while the district conducts a full and thorough investigation into the allegations.

He added that the school also cooperates with any ongoing investigations by other law enforcement agencies.

The school isn't able to comment any further at this point but says it will pass on more information when it's able to, according to Rettig.

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Below is the email that was sent out to Sentinel parents and students:

Sentinel Families:

It has come to my attention that some information about a Sentinel staff member is circulating on social media and I want to make sure all families have the facts.

A Sentinel staff member has been placed on administrative leave this week pending an investigation about alleged sexual assault of a former student that occurred several years ago while the student was at Sentinel High School.

Per normal procedures, and in the interest of protecting student safety, staff members are immediately placed on leave while the district conducts a full and thorough investigation into the allegations. We also cooperate with any ongoing investigations by other law enforcement agencies. We cannot comment on the pending investigation. As we are able to, we will make more information available.

Student safety is of critical importance to our District. As such, all reports are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action is taken. If you have any concerns or questions about your students, please contact me directly.

Sincerely,
Ryan Rettig
Principal
Sentinel High School
(406) 728-2403