An Ohio school superintendent who was fired after being accused of sexually assaulting a young girl has sued the county in order to get his job back, as reported by New York Post.
According to court documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun, Patrick O’Donnell, 52, filed a lawsuit on November 29, attempting to get reinstated at his job as superintendent at Indian Lake Schools.
The lawsuit pleads that the court allow his reinstatement until his criminal trial has concluded, which isn’t set to begin until February. The suspect is also looking to be reimbursed for the “loss of salary” that has accrued since he was initially accused back in July, after being arrested and charged with raping a child under the age of 13, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery.
“Superintendent O’Donnell prays that the order of termination be reversed,” the lawsuit read, citing that firing the accused child molester is a breach of contract.
“The board failed to provide reliable, probative and substantial evidence that there existed good and just cause for Superintendent O’Donnell’s termination and its order of termination is not supported by a preponderance of reliable, probative and substantive evidence.”
O’Donnell is alleged to have sexually assaulted an unidentified 10-year-old girl on numerous occasions, a series of offenses that his wife, Heather O’Donnell, has been accused of knowing about and potentially helping to facilitate.
Heather O’Donnell also faces numerous criminal charges, as previously reported by CrimeOnline. Heather was also relieved of her position as a superintendent at an education facility.
The married couple is being tried together, with the trial set to begin on February 6. They have both pleaded not guilty, despite Washington Township Police Chief Rick Core noting that Heather told him she had confronted her husband about his alleged actions on several occasions.
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