Posted at: 03/29/2013 1:46 PM
Updated at: 03/29/2013 7:42 PM
A middle school principal arrested. He's accused of inappropriately touching a woman. Officers say no students or children were involved, but this is something that is certainly a concern to parents all over our area.
44-year-old Carmine Calabria is charged with forcible touching. News 10 NBC has learned he is the principal of the Geneva Middle School. He is now on leave. Parents naturally have a lot of questions.
Police say they want the community to know that this incident did not involve any students and it did not happen on school property.
Police say an adult female came forward within the last two weeks, claiming principal Calabria touched her inappropriately.
Calabria was charged with one count of forcible touching Friday morning.
Police say the incident happened at least once. They believe the woman is
the only victim in this case and they are not expecting any more victims
to come forward.
News10NBC spoke to members of the community. Some were shocked and some say they will wait for the court to decide if the allegations are true or not.
Police say the investigation is officially closed and that parents should not be worried for their children if they attend Geneva Middle. Principal Calabria is set to appear in court on April 1. Since the charge is a Class A misdemeanor, he faces a fine and up to one year in county jail.
A statement from the school district says, "There are issues that came to our attention that need to be investigated. We want the investigation to move forward without impediments. We are unable to release any information regarding employees of the Geneva City School District. As always, our number one priority is the education of our students. Our goal is to continue to provide a safe, calm educational environment that promotes learning. We have systems in place to continue the normal operation of our middle school as we deal with this personnel matter.”
Geneva Police say the crime did not happen on the Geneva City School District property and that a student was not involved.