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October 3, 2012

Another employee probe

School system confirms investigation under way

MOULTRIE — Less than two months after Colquitt County High School’s band director was arrested in a sex scandal another school employee is under investigation, with law enforcement to announce charges, if any are forthcoming, next week.

Brian McDaniel, assistant district attorney for Colquitt County, confirmed Wednesday that the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into unspecified allegations. Neither McDaniel nor the sheriff’s office commented on what kind of allegations are being lexamined.

“The Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office has received a complaint that they are investigating and it has not been completed at this time,” McDaniel said. “The report involves school personnel. Allegations have been made about a school official. I’m really not at liberty at this moment to discuss the nature of the investigation.”

On Wednesday rumors were flying around the community, several of which are not true, including that a coach had been arrested at a school campus. Law enforcement and Schools Superintendent Samuel DePaul said that is not the case and that no arrest had been made.

The subject of the investigation has been interviewed by the sheriff’s office, however, McDaniel said. He was not sure when the investigation started or when the allegations were brought to the attention of law enforcement.

If charges are filed in the case, he said, it will likely be several days.

“Decisions will be made when the investigation is finished,” he said. “It will probably be early next week before any kind of charges will be made.”

DePaul said he could not give specifics about the case, citing the confidentiality related to personnel matters. No action had been taken against a school employee related to the allegations as of Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m aware of a situation that we’re dealing with at the school (that) we learned about today,” DePaul said. “

He said he could not comment on how the accusation was brought to the school system’s attention.

“It just sort of evolved,” he said. “It’s a personnel matter. That’s all I can say at this moment.”

On Aug. 16, Paul Guilbeau, who was starting his second year as head of Colquitt County High’s band charged with sexual assault. He is accused of having consensual sex with a 17-year-old female student. Colquitt County School Board terminated his employment 11 days later following a lengthy hearing.

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