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Clearfield County Career & Technology Center substitute accused of sexual misconduct

A substitute teacher has been accused of “sexual misconduct” at Clearfield County Career & Technology Center, according to Philipsburg-Osceola Area Superintendent Gregg Paladina.

Paladina said the allegations are against a female substitute teacher accused of making inappropriate comments to students.

The vocational school and the school districts that send students to the center were made aware of the alleged incident on May 1, about a month after it occurred, Paladina said.

“It’s a pending legal matter,” Paladina said. “Right now we’re in a tight spot, because we can’t say too much because we don’t want to interfere with the investigation, but at the same time there were students in the class we have to think about.”

Officials were notified by students and their families regarding the claim, Paladina said.

“When the superintendents were notified, the situation was handled promptly,” Paladina said. “All of the superintendents are working together and through individual efforts to make sure kids graduate and make sure everything at CCCTC is taken care of.”

About 56 PO students attend CCCTC, but only four had the accused substitute in class, Paladina said.

Philipsburg-Osceola Area is the only Centre County district to have students attending CCCTC.

No names have been released, but Lawrence Township police Officer Zack Cowan said investigators are working on the incident daily.

“We’re still interviewing students,” he said. “It’s a slow process, but (we are) working every day on it.”

Cowan could not say how many students were involved in the alleged claims.

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