West Ottawa Schools fires special education teacher, coach accused of student sex assault

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A West Ottawa High School specialized curriculum instructor and wrestling mentor who is accused of rape of an understudy has been let go from the locale.

The school board voted 7-0 to continue with residency charges against Matt Powell, 34, in a shut session amid an uncommon executive meeting on Monday, May 11.

Powell, who is blamed for kissing an understudy and touching her hindquarters, has been on paid regulatory leave subsequent to the area found out about the claimed occurrence on March 3.

Monday’s school board vote renounces Powell’s pay and advantages, as per Greg Warsen, West Ottawa associate administrator of representative relations and showcasing.

“We accept the board’s vote is in light of a legitimate concern for the understudies’ wellbeing and acted with uprightness simultaneously,” he said on Tuesday, May 12.

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The 16-year-old claimed casualty for the situation said she was with Powell recently, in a parking area at 96th Avenue north of Fillmore Street in Allendale Township, when he “kissed her on her mouth and touched her butt with his hands while he kissed her.”

Powell will be attempted on three checks of fourth-degree criminal sexual direct in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Prior to his suspension, Powell had been an educator in the locale for a long time, most as of late as a custom curriculum instructor at the secondary school. He was allowed residency in June 2008.

Powell was likewise a wrestling mentor for a long time.

His faculty document acquired by MLive and The Grand Rapids Press through a Freedom of Information Act solicitation uncovered that Powell got compelling evaluations in late assessments.

“Matt viably shows proficient obligations … what’s more, satisfies obligations, for example, keeping up exact records and speaking much of the time with families,” expresses a remark amid a May 2013 assessment.

Source: mlive

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