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Bolivar Police: No criminal action against teacher/coach, school investigation begins

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The Bolivar Police Department and Allegany County District Attorney’s Office will not be filing criminal charges against a Bolivar-Richburg teacher for an alleged incident in a classroom on Feb. 17.

However, the school has now started their own investigation.

Bolivar Police Chief Steven McPherson said in a statement, “On Feb. 17, at around 3:45 p.m. Bolivar Police Department received a complaint from a (child under 15 in middle school) alleging inappropriate conduct in a classroom. After a thorough investigation, no criminal charges will be held at this time. The Bolivar-Richburg Central School District will also be conducting an investigation.

McPherson said there is a difference between a criminal act and a workplace violation. He said a workplace violation would be handled at a business or school.

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