Accused teaches special ed at Harding

WARREN — The Warren City Schools employee put on paid administrative leave after an allegation of sexual battery surfaced at Warren G. Harding High School is a special education teacher at the school, according to the district’s website.

Eric Kline was put on leave March 15, according to a letter the district released Wednesday.

Kline, hired in August 2017, will continue to receive his salary and benefits while the matter is under investigation. However, he is banned from school property and barred from having contact with any student or employee, except Superintendent Steve Chiaro or his union leader, Jeff Pegg, president of the Warren Education Association, the letter states.

His salary is $34,000 a year, according to district records.

School district officials asked Warren police to investigate the allegation that a police report states happened between 12:59 and 1:46 p.m. March 14 at the high school, 860 Elm Road NE.

Police declined to comment Wednesday.

The report states police and the district are investigating a sexual battery and lists the victim as a 16-year-old girl and the location as the high school. The report also lists a 15-year-old as a witness.

Charges have not been filed, according to the Warren Municipal Court website.

Chiaro said the school district told police of the allegation immediately after learning of it.