Moeller High: Prosecutor investigating possible sex misconduct by female teacher

Moeller High: Prosecutor investigating possible sex misconduct by female teacher
Classes resume Wednesday at Moeller High School in Montgomery. (Photo: Robert Guaderrama)
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (Photo: The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann)
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (Photo: The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann)

CINCINNATI - The Hamilton County Prosecutor's office is investigating possible sexual misconduct by a female staff member at Moeller High School, Prosecutor Joe Deters said Saturday.

The school's president Marshall Hydzu issued an email to parents Saturday saying that a former Moeller student accused a faculty member of "grooming and sexual abuse by a member of our faculty."

The staff member, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues, officials with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said Saturday.

"They moved very quickly and decisively," archdiocesan spokesman Mike Schafer said.  "We don't know if these allegations have any merit, but we've turned them over to the prosecutor's office."

Schafer said prosecutors had been in contact with the former student who made the accusation.

Deters told The Enquirer Saturday that "They reported it to us and we'll be looking into it. Initial reports are that it's a female employee of Moeller."

According to the email. Hydzu also wrote that counselors would be available for all students over the weekend, following an all-school assembly at the all-boys high school in Sycamore Township held earlier this week to discuss the situation;

Schafer said the email went out about 48 hours after the initial complaint was filed anonymously by a former student.

Moeller High School opened in 1960 and graduated its first class in 1964. Since 1964, the school has had about 10,000 graduates, according to its official website.

The school is named for the fourth archbishop of the Cincinnati Archdiocese, the Most Rev. Henry Moeller.  Moeller led the archdiocese for more than 20 years before he died in 1925.

This is a report by our media partners at The Cincinnati Enquirer.