Marion County superintendent on leave, "madder than hell" over misconduct accusation

River Valley Schools

MARION COUNTY, Ohio -- A Marion County School Superintendent is on leave, after an accusation of misconduct.

River Valley Schools Superintendent Jim Peterson was placed on leave Friday.

Peterson has strong words about the allegations against him. Peterson spoke with 10TV by phone.

He says an anonymous email sent to the School Board President accuses him of making a comment about a female employee's breasts.

Peterson calls the accusation "absolutely false," telling us, "There's nothing to this and I'm madder than hell."

The president of the school board placed him on paid administrative leave on Friday, while the school board investigates.

An attorney for the school board says the fact that Peterson was placed on leave does not say anything about the credibility of the accusation, or any findings of wrongdoing.

Stacy Pollock said, "It is routine practice to place someone on leave when they are the subject of an accusation like this," while the matter is investigated.

Peterson told us he's "embarrassed, hurt, and mad," and says in his 44-year career, he has never been accused of anything like this.

The district's attorney says there is no timeline for the completion of the investigation, but they hope to have it done as quickly as possible.

The River Valley Board of Education has called a special meeting for Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

They plan to go into executive session to discuss and formalize the investigation.

They say because the investigation is ongoing, there will be no public discussion of it.​

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