Teacher Is Fired after Sex-misconduct Inquiry

By Michael Hewlett
Winston-Salem Journal
February 5, 2009

A teacher at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville was fired last week after an investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct involving a former student, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte said yesterday.

The firing came after a five-month investigation by the diocese, diocese spokesman David Hains said.

The former student reported the incident to the school's principal in September. The student said that it happened in 2001 at the teacher's house in Greensboro.

The teacher denied the allegation but was suspended according to diocese policy on sexual abuse, officials with the diocese said.

Hains declined to release the name of the teacher.

Bishop McGuinness operates under the direction of the diocese of Charlotte. The diocese oversees 18 Catholic schools.

Parents were sent a letter Monday telling them that the teacher had been fired, Hains said.

The teacher was hired in 1991, according to the diocese. A criminal-background check, done on all diocesan employees, showed that the teacher had no prior criminal record of sexual misconduct, the diocese said in September.

It was unclear yesterday whether criminal charges had been filed against the teacher. Hains said that the case had been referred to the Guilford County Department of Social Services.

A message left late yesterday with an official with the agency was not immediately returned.

The incident had initially been referred to the Forsyth County Department of Social Services, as required by law.

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