Two Cuyahoga Falls City School District staff members investigated in separate incidents

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO - Two Cuyahoga Falls City School District staff members are on paid leave pending the outcome of school and police sex crime investigations.

According to Summit County court records Rebecca Sparrow, a high school counselor, was indicted last Thursday on a sexual battery charge. Bath Township Police investigating the case tell Fox 8 she is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a student.

"As an investigator, it's troubling to hear that type of information particularly when it involves a juvenile," said Bath Township Police Chief Vito Sinopoli. "It effects not only the child but the family involved in the case as well so that's why we take this very seriously."

The district superintendent says Sparrow was placed on paid administrative leave in January. Court records state the incident occurred between February and May of 2016.

In a separate case, Cuyahoga Falls Police confirm a Roberts Middle School teacher is also under investigation. A police report states the incident involves a sex crime, however further details were not provided. Charges have not been filed against the teacher who the superintendent says was placed on paid leave last week.

"For anyone who may have been the victim of a sexual crime involving a family member or a school official it's important that they understand that there is help out there for them," said Sinopoli.

Sparrow's next court appearance is next week.

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