- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor says the case of a central Ohio school superintendent accused of a sex crime involving a young girl will go before a grand jury.

Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart says a preliminary charge of gross sexual imposition against 52-year-old Patrick O’Donnell filed in Bellefontaine (behl-FOWN’-tihn) Municipal Court was dismissed so the case can be taken straight to a grand jury.

The Indian Lake School District put O’Donnell on paid leave after Washington Township police arrested him June 19. Authorities say O’Donnell is accused of touching the now-13-year-old girl inappropriately multiple times from 2013 through 2016.

O’Donnell’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Stewart says the girl wasn’t an Indian Lake student.

Police wouldn’t describe the relationship between O’Donnell and the girl.


Information from: Springfield News-Sun, https://www.springfieldnewssun.com

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