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WR superintendent under investigation in alleged sexual assault

Zoe Greszler • Updated Dec 8, 2017 at 12:32 AM

COLLINS — Multiple sources have confirmed a Western Reserve school administrator is the subject of an investigation by the Sandusky Police Department.

Superintendent Rodge Wilson is involved in an ongoing investigation about an alleged sexual assault, police officials said, adding all information has been turned over to prosecutors.

The Erie County Prosecutor’s Office has not responded to requests for information about the case.

However, Wilson’s attorney said there is no evidence to substantiate the allegations and does not anticipate criminal charges. He further said there is an “ulterior motive” on the part of accusers.

In recent months, Wilson has denied several prior accusations. When asked about the most recent allegation and whether there was an open investigation on the matter, he neither denied nor confirmed the matter.

“I would say, we appreciate the sensitivity of any investigation but it wouldn’t be appropriate to talk about an investigation,” he said while on a break at a conference Wednesday. “It’s very sensitive and we don’t want to violate any rights.”

Wilson’s attorney, Brent English, said the incident “allegedly occurred two and half years ago” but was reported to the police about 30 days ago. The attorney said it is “not involving a student at Western Reserve.”

“This is not anything to do with his work at all,” he said.

“There have been a lot of scrupulous allegations made, none of which have anything to prove that they are true,” English said. “Anybody can make allegations. That doesn't mean they are true.”

English said he and Wilson are “confident” and “do not anticipate any criminal charges.” 

When asked if he knew why the alleged victim’s family waited to come forward, English said he had a pretty good idea.

“We know there’s an ulterior motive to this allegation,” he said. “It pertains to another litigation case that he’s involved in. He’s not the defendant and he’s not the plaintiff (in that case).”

English said they have been “fully cooperative with the police” and that they haven’t hidden anything behind attorney-client privilege during the investigation.

“The board is aware of the allegations and we respect the privacy of our superintendent and any investigation that is going on right now,” Western Reserve board president Jamie White said. “We are just finding things out.”

“We have no comment further than that,” she added. “I just want to say, when I ran for the board, my biggest thing was to have open communication. But some things you can’t communicate right away.”

White said she could not comment whether Wilson has been open with the board up to this point, or whether he would be placed on administrative leave. 

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