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Superintendent charged with child rape sues to regain job

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio Ohio school superintendent charged with child rape has sued to get his job back.

The Springfield News-Sun reports former Indian Lake Schools superintendent Patrick O’donnell claims in a lawsuit filed in Logan County that he was wrongfully dismissed and that a state referee said that the district should wait to decide the status of the print job after the criminal case is closed.

He was discharged Nov. 20. The 52-year-old O’donnell was indicted on rape and other charges in July, after being accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

His wife, 47-year-old Heather O’donnell, was charged with child endangering for failing to report accusations to the police. She is on unpaid leave from her position as superintendent of the education services centre.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

School officials say the firing was justified.

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Information from: Springfield News-Sun, http://www.springfieldnewssun.com

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