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May 17. 2013 4:05PM

Exeter teacher placed on leave amid sex assault allegations

EXETER – An Exeter High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave as police investigate allegations of sexual assault against a female student, Police Chief Richard Kane confirmed Friday.

"It's a very active investigation," Kane said.

The incident is alleged to have occurred in 2009 and involved one student, but Kane said police are asking any other potential victims or witnesses to contact the Exeter Police Department.

"We're looking for the public's help," he said.

Kane would not say how the allegations were brought to the attention of law enforcement or provide the age of the student at the time of the alleged incident.

The teacher has been on leave since April 18, according to school Superintendent Michael Morgan.

Neither Kane nor Morgan would identify the teacher because the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

Morgan said the teacher was put on leave "so the district could conduct an investigation."

"This is a confidential personnel matter," Morgan said, adding that no additional information would be made available by the school administration.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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