A custodian at Lakeside High School has been placed on leave as authorities investigate a student’s claim of sexual misconduct.
Columbia County sheriff’s investigators were called to Lakeside Friday after a 17-year-old girl made an allegation of “sexual battery” against a custodian at the school, according to an incident report.
“What brought this to our attention is that she said he inappropriately touched her, but we have no witnesses or anything," school Superintendent Charles Nagle said.
Capt. Steve Morris said the girl told authorities that she was touched inappropriately by the custodian at the school.
The allegation then followed that another Lakeside student, 16, claimed she had been sexually abused, off campus, by the custodian about a year ago, according to the report.
School officials took statements from both students, who also are in the process of being interviewed by investigators.
As of Tuesday morning, no charges had been filed, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
“I don’t know if there’s any validity to it at all,” Nagle said. “It’s just an allegation at this time.
“We turned all that over to the sheriff’s office to investigate.”
The Department of Family and Children Services also was called to assist in the investigation.
Nagle said the custodian will remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.