PIQUA — In a letter issued on Tuesday, Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison informed Piqua City Schools officials that the investigation of a former Piqua High School teacher is being closed with no criminal charges being filed.
The original report was made on Dec. 4. A few days later, Piqua High School Principal Tony Lyons informed parents via an instant connect message that Piqua High School teacher Greg Hawk had been placed on administrative leave after reportedly being accused of misconduct. Lyons stated, “Mr. Hawk has been accused of unprofessional behavior by several of our students.”
Hawk later resigned on Dec. 10, according to Piqua City School Superintendent Rick Hanes.
“This was investigated as a child abuse complaint,” Jamison wrote in the letter. “Based on the initial information it was certainly reasonable to suspect that a child been a victim of child endangering or a juvenile-related sex crime. We also explored the possibility that someone had been a victim of Criminal Child Enticement. No evidence was found to substantiate any such illegal activities by the letter of the law. This case has been reviewed and we are closing it as an ‘unfounded’ complaint.”
According to the Ohio Revised Code, Criminal Child Enticement generally means a subject knowingly attempts to solicit or lure a minor under 14 years old to take part in sexual activities or be part of child pornography.
“Please understand that your initial request for an investigation was in no way ‘unfounded,’” Jamison continued in the letter. “This is a term used in a variety of circumstances when we are reporting on the disposition of crimes investigated. It should, in no way, affect the decisions of you or your staff in future contemplations on whether to reported suspected abuse.”
The outcome of this investigation should not prevent concerned parents or minors from reporting suspicious behavior and requesting investigation for possible future, unrelated incidents.
“I’m glad you have staff and students with the best interest of potential victims at heart, with a willingness to request further investigation into circumstances such as these,” Jamison wrote. “All our children are safer when we can count on others to protect them in this way.”
On Wednesday, Jamison said, “I’m proud of the students that came forward to the school staff … for requesting the investigation as soon as they did.”
Speaking in general and not specifically about this investigation, Jamison mentioned that “not every bad thing is against the law.
“We examine fact patterns compared to crimes … (we) have to rely on that,” he said.
Jamison also explained that “the criminal justice system demands a high burden of proof for us to prosecute … so we’re always looking at whether or not that level of proof exists in any case.”
Jamison advised that when people come forward with concerns like these in the future, they should consider their concerns as a “request of investigation.”
“When people call in one of these complaints, we like them to look at it as more of a request of investigation,” Jamison said. “These are very complicated (investigations), especially child abuse and child sexual abuse, can be complicated … the investigation rarely benefits from an active rumor mill.”
For general safety concerns, Piqua Police Department suggests going to this credible source of information and resources: BeHereForKids.org.
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