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A Louisiana principal has been arrested on charges of sexual violence after allegedly groping a student’s parent during a private meeting on the school campus, authorities said.
Hahnville High School principal Brian Lumar surrendered to police on Monday after learning there was an arrest warrant against him, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was later released after posting bail.
Authorities said the incident happened on March 31 after the parent arranged a meeting with Lumar to discuss an issue involving their child. The parent waited in a reception area, but said Lumar requested to meet at a private office on campus where the alleged sexual violence took place, the department said in a press release.
The parent left shortly after and contacted police on April 26. An arrest warrant was issued for Lumar’s arrest after investigators corroborated the victim’s account of the events.
Lumar denied the allegations, calling them “completely false”.
“And I intend to show it through the court system,” he told the New Orleans Advocate.
St. Charles Parish Public Schools confirmed the arrest of a district employee, but did not say who.
“Today we were made aware of the off-campus arrest of the HHS employee who was under investigation,” the district told McClatchy News in a statement. “The charge does not involve misconduct with any student or employee. As this is a personnel matter, no further information will be provided. “
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