Former Euclid High School guidance counselor charged with having sexual relationship with student

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EUCLID, Ohio — A former Euclid High School guidance counselor has been charged after authorities say an investigation revealed that she was having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.

Euclid police say on January 29, 2016, it was alerted by the Euclid Public Schools assistant superintendent of an allegation of sexual battery involving a guidance counselor and a Euclid High School student.

Police began an investigation. The suspect, identified as Ronetta N. Smith, 36, of Cleveland Heights, was employed by the Euclid Board of Education as a guidance counselor at the time of the alleged offense.

According to police, an investigation uncovered that beginning in December 2015, Smith engaged in an ongoing sexual relationship with the student.

Smith was placed on leave on January 29, 2016 and then resigned.

Euclid City Schools Superintendent Keith M. Bell released the following statement:

“An anonymous phone call alleging misconduct by a member of our faculty led us to immediately open an investigation. We promptly placed this faculty member on administrative leave pending the outcome of our investigation. We also immediately called the EuclidPolice Department to assist us. From that point, the Euclid Police Department became the lead investigator. We have acted upon their recommendations and notified the Ohio Department of Education of this issue. The faculty member has resigned and is not permitted on our campus. We will continue to cooperate with both the EPD and the ODE to determine the best course of action for our students and school. We continue to encourage all students, parents, staff, and community members to share concerns or threats of danger. If you see something or hear something that is wrong please call the Safe Line at 216-797-6998.”

Euclid police presented the case to a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury for four counts of sexual battery and one count of tampering with evidence. The Grand Jury indicted on all counts.