Campbell teacher, charged with sexual battery, arraigned

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CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Authorities formally charged a former Campbell High School teacher with sexual battery at an arraignment Tuesday.

Shannon Pavlansky-Wojtowicz faces up to 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. Since her charges are a felony case, she did not enter a plea Tuesday. Pavlansky-Wojtowicz is free on bond, which she paid Friday after her arrest.

Campbell Law Director Brian Macala said he is not able to discuss specifics of the case, but said local authorities called investigators with the Crimes Against Children unit of the Ohio BCI last month after learning Wojtowicz has two relatives working for the city, including one in the police department.

“To quote the agent that has been assigned it, the position of BCI is that ‘we have 100 percent positivity that we have a case against her,’” Macala said.

Wojtowicz is free on bond. The case could be presented directly to a grand jury in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Campbell Superintendent Matthew Bowen confirmed the incident, which ultimately caused Wojtowicz to resign, now has Campbell High School principal Jacqueline Hampton under investigation to determine whether she complied with mandatory reporting requirements. She was placed on paid leave the day before Pavlansky-Wojtowicz was arrested.

“We all must have the highest standards possible to basically lead by example,” Bowen said.

He said that while the district will be bringing in an interim principal to oversee the school for the time being, he can’t predict how long the review of Hampton’s actions will take.

“And it is really important to follow that process. That way, you’re not making decisions based on heresy, based on rumors, based on social media,” Bowen said.

Police arrested Pavlansky-Wojtowicz in connection with an investigation regarding an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student. She turned herself in to the Campbell Police Department Friday afternoon after a warrant for her arrest was issued on a felony charge of sexual battery, according to the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Agents with DeWine’s Crimes Against Children Unit began investigating Pavlansky-Wojtowicz in January after the Campbell Police Department received a tip regarding the alleged inappropriate relationship.

School officials placed her on unpaid leave Jan. 19 pending the investigation and she resigned on Feb. 3. She was employed with the district since 2009.

Bowen filed a complaint with the police department Jan. 16.

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