Salem teacher resigns following probe

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A Salem High School social studies teacher has resigned following an allegation that he had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

The Salem Board of Education accepted the resignation of Brian D’Angelo, 42, during a special board meeting on Friday.

D’Angelo has been on paid administrative leave since the allegation surfaced in March. Salem police said biological evidence linked D’Angelo to the girl’s bedroom, but since the girl is refusing to cooperate, no criminal charges will be filed.

He was hired in 2003 and also has coached in the Salem school district.

According to our print partner, the Lisbon Morning Journal, some fellow students reported their suspicions about an inappropriate relationship between D’Angelo and the teen on March 20. The district began its own investigation, but soon learned the Salem Police Department already had been investigating some allegations from December when the girl’s father reported suspicious cell phone activity between his daughter and D’Angelo.

Salem Schools Superintendent Tom Bratten said D’Angelo’s file was being sent to the Ohio Department of Education Office for Professional Conduct for review. The state can then suspend or revoke D’Angelo’s Ohio teaching license.

The newspaper reported that a settlement agreement signed by Bratten and D’Angelo on Wednesday will pay D’Angelo for all compensation earned for the 2012-13 school year and he will retain his health insurance benefits through Aug. 31.

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