St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio -- a suburb of Cleveland -- has suspended a part-time coach in its wrestling program which is ranked No. 4 in the nation by InterMat.
An email sent to parents from St. Ed's principal reports possible "inappropriate sexual conduct" towards a student on the part of a member of the wrestling coaching staff. The alleged behavior was brought to the school's attention last Thursday morning.
According to the statement from principal K.C. McKenna, upon learning of the allegation, "we immediately contacted the Lakewood Police Department and suspended the coach indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation. He was instructed to have no contact with anyone involved with the school. We are cooperating fully with the authorities during their investigation, which is ongoing."
McKenna's statement also encouraged students who may have been a victim to immediately contact Lakewood police.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that no charges have been filed in Lakewood Municipal nor Cuyahoga County courts.
St. Edward High School is a boys-only Roman Catholic school located in Lakewood, a suburb immediately west of downtown Cleveland. Founded in 1949, St. Ed has an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students.
St. Ed's wrestling is highly respected within the state of Ohio and across the nation. Since 1959, the school's mat program has earned 33 state team titles, most recently earlier this year.