Logan superintendent, accused of child sex crimes, appeals job status


UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m. (July 17):  Superintendent Patrick O'Donnell, placed on unpaid leave by the Indian Lake Schools board after he was accused of child sex crimes, has appealed his job status. 

He was put on unpaid leave by board vote June 29, pending an action to fire him. O'Donnell had 10 days to appeal that decision and he filed within the time limit, according to a statement from the board. 

The board has set a public hearing for Aug. 4. 

But that date could change, according to the board's statement, because the Ohio Department of Education has not confirmed the date. 

The state education department must provide a referee for the hearing, according to the district's statement, and until a referee is assigned the case, the date of the hearing is tentative.

EARLIER REPORT (July 14)

A Logan County superintendent and his wife, also a superintendent, appeared in Logan County Common Pleas court on Friday.

Indian Lake Schools Superintendent Patrick O’Donnell, 52, is charged with four counts of rape-victim under 13, four counts of sexual battery and six counts of gross sexual imposition. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to court records

RELATED: Logan County superintendent faces 14 charges in child rape case

The alleged victim, now 13-years-old, isn’t a student in the district.

Heather O’Donnell, a superintendent at Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, pleaded not guilty on Friday to two counts of child endangering, court records say.

Patrick O’Donnell’s bond was set at $150,000 and Heather O’Donnell’s bond was set at $25,000. Both had posted bond and left jail as of Friday evening, according to the Logan County Common Pleas Court Clerk’s office.

The Indian Lake School Board has placed Patrick O’Donnell on unpaid leave and started the process to terminate him, according to a news release.

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