SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – The athletic director for Southington Local Schools is on paid administrative leave during a criminal investigation.
Craig Lefkowitz, 51, was booked into the Trumbull County Jail on two counts of sexual battery. The charges are expected to be officially filed on Thursday.
Lefkowitz also works as a technology teacher, according to the district’s website.
According to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, the charges stem from an incident that happened 15 years ago.
The alleged victim is a former student. The alleged assault happened over several years when the victim was in high school.
“It happened more than once. It happened more than twice. We expect when this goes to the grand jury, there will be additional charges that will be filed,” said Sheriff Paul Monroe.
Detectives were first made aware of the complaint earlier this year and said as of Tuesday, had enough probable cause to make an arrest.
“I hope that this is the only victim. I’ve been in this business for a long time so my eyes are wide open. I would not be surprised if another victim or victims surface,” Sheriff Monroe said.
Southington Local Schools Superintendent Rocco Nero declined to comment, only saying that the district is working with the Sheriff’s Office on the investigation.
“When it comes to our children, we are never going to tolerate any type of abuse with children in Trumbull County. The one thing I would put out there to the children in Trumbull County and to the parents, tell your kids if there’s something going on that they’re uncomfortable with, they got to tell them about it,” Sheriff Monroe said.
Lefkowitz is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning in Newton Falls Municipal Court.