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A high school principal in Paducah, Kentucky has been arrested for failing to report the sexual abuse of multiple students. Michael Ceglinski, principal of McCracken County High School, faces a misdemeanor criminal charge in connection to the sexual abuse scandal. He has been suspended without pay from the high school, where he served as the principal since the school’s creation in 2013, a consolidation of Reidland, Heath and Lone Oak high schools.
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Were you or a loved one sexually abused at McCracken County High School? Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help. You are not alone. We believe you, and we believe that you deserve justice. Trust us to handle your case with experience and discretion. You did nothing wrong. This was not your fault. You were violated by someone entrusted to protect and care for you. This is an inexcusable crime, but justice is possible.
Thankfully, the alleged perpetrators of abuse at McCracken County High School are being held accountable through thorough criminal investigations. But civil action may also be possible. Our dedicated legal team is here to protect your family’s rights. Kentucky’s powerful tradition of civil law allows you, as a survivor of sexual abuse, to pursue private civil litigation. In a civil lawsuit, you and your loved ones may be eligible to secure valuable financial compensation to support your recovery.
McCracken County High School Faces Sexual Abuse Scandal
McCracken County High School has been embroiled in a series of sexual abuse scandals since the beginning of 2019. At least three of the school’s employees are now under active investigation from the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office. Three faculty members at the school, including the athletics director, have been accused of maintaining inappropriate sexual contact with current and former students, including sending and transmitting nude photographs. As these continue to be active investigations, police authorities have been careful in releasing details about the accused abusers.
John Parks, the high school’s bass fishing coach, has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse. Arrest reports claim that Parks grabbed a male minor’s buttocks and inner thigh on multiple occasions for “sexual gratification.” He has also been charged for possession of child pornography in connection to a second minor. In addition to the charges against Parks, two high school employees are under investigation for engaging in inappropriate communications with students. These employees, including the school’s athletics director, are accused of exchanging explicit photographs with current and former students.
Meanwhile, a student at the high school has also been charged for sexual misconduct. 18-year-old Pricekumar Joshi is accused of inappropriate sexual contact and possessing illegal sexual images of an underage student. Whether Joshi remains in custody is unknown. Authorities do not believe that any of the current cases are connected, the Lexington Herald Leader reports.
High School Principal Charged For Failing To Report Abuse
In the wake of multiple sexual abuse arrests, McCracken County High School principal Michael Ceglinski was charged over allegations that he concealed the sexual abuse from authorities. Police believed Ceglinski was aware of two of the alleged incidents but failed to report his suspicions to law enforcement, which is required under Kentucky state law. One of the charges against Ceglinski has now been dropped, but he remains charged with failure to report child abuse.
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Authorities say key school administrators were informed of sexual abuse allegations, but failed to report them to the police, in violation of state law. Were you or a loved one sexually abused at McCracken County High School? You may have powerful legal options, including the right to pursue a private civil lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys are here to help.
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