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Police: school investigated asst. principal 4 months before arrest

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Susquehanna Township police said investigators are looking into "who knew what and when" in regards to allegations against an assistant high school principal charged last week with having sexual relations with a student.

Shawn Sharkey, 45, turned himself into police over the weekend and was released on unsecured bail.

Police Chief Rob Martin told abc27 his department was first informed about the accusations against Sharkey last Tuesday, but learned school administrators "at the district level" launched an internal investigation into the matter back in May.

Martin said his detectives are working to determine what led the district to look into Sharkey at the time.

"We don't investigate rumors," Martin said. "A police report must be filed."

Sharkey, who was hired by the district in January, is accused of having sex with the 16-year-old girl at local hotels more than two dozen times from February through April.

Martin spoke publicly at a packed school board meeting Monday night. He said the investigation into Sharkey and the district is ongoing.

District solicitor Paul Blunt responded to abc27's request for comment, issuing this statement:

"The administration became aware of a rumor regarding Mr. Sharkey. Despite a vigorous investigation by the administration, which included interviews of every student who had a connection with the rumor, it revealed no evidence that in any way substantiated the rumor. Everyone interviewed denied any knowledge of any inappropriate relationship."

Hundreds of parents and students also attended Monday's meeting, voicing concerns over the current administration's handling of school discipline, academic curriculum and communication issues.

Superintendent Dr. Susan Kegerise spoke for nearly 40 minutes prior to public comment, touting her administration's adding of advanced placement courses, implementation of full-day kindergarten and the creation of a cyber school.

Kegerise also removed an agenda item that would have called for a vote by the board to renew two assistant superintendents contracts two years before they were set to expire. Kegerise said only that issue would be addressed at a later meeting.

 

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