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Sexting accusations at local school district prompts resignation; 2 others on leave

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HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Three employees of a Greater Cincinnati school district were placed on administrative leave this week amid accusations they sent sexually explicit messages on school accounts.

Forest Hills School District Director of Business Operations Ray Johnson and Treasurer Rick Toepfer are accused of having an affair with Beth Brulport, who works in student services.

Johnson resigned Monday. The school board is expected to accept his resignation at the Oct. 23 meeting.

Toepfer and Brulport remain on paid leave pending the results of the investigation.

On Monday, school district spokeswoman Erika Daggett said there was no record of any financial wrongdoing and nothing criminal had taken place. 

District officials provided documents from the investigation.

They include text messages on district property phones and email exchanges using their work email accounts.

Several conversations took place during work hours, records show.

In a letter to parents this week, the superintendent wrote:

We are unable to provide details because this is a personnel matter, but we do want to emphasize that this situation did not involve our students. We share that not to minimize the situation, but to give clarity.

The 'misconduct' investigation began in June.

District officials released a copy of a timeline that shows they first became aware of texts and emails between Johnson and Brulport on June 16.

Johnson was given three days suspension, June 29 through July 3.

On Sept. 8, the district received an anonymous email of text message between all  parties prompting an internal investigation.

On Sept. 25, the district was notified YouTube videos existed involving Brulport.

The district did not say how long Toepfer and Brulport would be on paid leave. Neither could be reached for comment.

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