Westerville Teacher Remains In Classroom While Facing Charges


UPDATED: Thursday January 10, 2013 2:40 PM

A Westerville South High School football coach and teacher is facing domestic violence, assault and disorderly conduct charges from a Christmas Day incident.

Rocky Pentello is still in the classroom as district officials investigate the charges. Pentello has been the football coach at the school for more than two decades, as well as a social studies teacher.

According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Pentello and his wife were involved in a fight at her Lewis Center home. They are in the process of divorcing.

Pantello’s wife, Angela, called 911 to report the fight.

“My husband, soon to be ex-husband, came over so we could talk, and he just got violent with me at the end of the conversation,” said Angela in a 911 call. “I have marks on my arms. He grabbed my head, I thought I was going to die. I got my gun out cause I was going to shoot him, then I just ended up throwing it at him and it broke everywhere.”

Angela Pentello was also charged with domestic violence.

They have both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Westerville Schools released the following statement to 10TV:

"January 3 was our first day of school following winter break. Our Human Resources Office immediately began due process proceedings with Mr. Pentello and has been in contact with the appropriate parties to assist with these proceedings. Mr. Pentello remains in the classroom and teaching at this time."

An attorney for Rocky Pentello told 10TV that his client did nothing wrong, and he is certain the court and school district will come to the same conclusion.

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