Authorities launch investigation into Putnam County, WV school employee


Concerned family members have reached out to 13 News, alleging inappropriate messages and photos have been sent to students at Winfield High School.  The allegations are against someone who works at the school.

13 News reached out to Winfield’s Chief of Police, Eddie Starcher, who did confirm there is an active investigation into an employee at the school, but declined to comment when asked what that investigation was regarding. 

Starcher said forensic evidence in the case was collected and it was sent off to be analyzed.  That evidence involves social media, but Starcher did not go into anymore detail. 

We asked Putnam County Schools for a comment.  They kept it short.  Micah Osborne, Communication Coordinator stated, “We have been advised to direct all inquiries to law enforcement, at this time.”  That response went sent via email.

Starcher made it very clear, no charges have been filed at this point in the investigation.  He did not name the employee at the center of the investigation.  He did say, however, that the safety of the students is the number one priority. 

A special Putnam County School Board meeting is taking place at 7 p.m. on February 13.  We have a crew at the meeting.

Meantime, this is the second investigation in as many months regarding alleged innappropriate conduct by a school employee.

Kevin Neal, a law enforcement instructor at Putnam Career and Technical Center was arrested in early January following a two month long investigation.  Neal is charged with soliciting a minor via a computer and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.

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