LAKEWOOD, Ohio-- Lakewood High School band director, Nathan Harris, was arrested and charged with sexual battery. He's accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a student.
Court records reveal that on Tuesday night, a ranger in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, saw a parked car with two people in the back seat having sex.
The man was identified as local school teacher, Nathan Harris; the male juvenile in the car was identified as one of his students.
Court records show Harris admitted to having sex with the student.
Cleveland Metroparks requested, as a condition of Harris' bond, that there be no contact with the student.
The Lakewood City Schools said, "The district is fully cooperating with law enforcement and is taking swift and decisive action to ban the employee from school property and from any communication with students and staff, pending an investigation. Per standard protocol, the employee has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation."
It went on to say, "District officials will be conducting its own investigation of the employee and taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students."
Also on the Lakewood City School District website, Superintendent Jeff Patterson, “Our thoughts are with the student and the student’s family. We will be working with them to provide appropriate counseling and support services as needed and we will provide services to any other student who may need counseling and support as well.”
The district said professionals will offer students counseling and support on Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2 at Lakewood High School.
The district encourages students to stop any contact with Harris.
Students and parents should report any concerns they may have to
Dr. Christine Palumbo, Director of Student Services, 216-529-4201.