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Columbus School For Girls Teacher Fired For Past Sexual Misconduct

Corna Kokosing

Longtime Central Ohio teacher Ron Nocks was fired from Columbus School for Girls after he admitted to one of two sexual misconduct allegations from former students he taught at Westerville City Schools.

Nocks worked at Westerville City Schools for about 20 years. For the last decade, he taught German at Columbus School for Girls in Bexley, until he was fired December 23.

Westerville Police report that Nocks was accused by two former students of illegal sexual contact in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The report is redacted because Nocks has not been charged.

Jennifer Ciccarelli, head of Columbus School for Girls, said in a letter to parents last Thursday that the alleged incidents happened about 50 years ago, while Nocks taught at Westerville.

According to the letter, “Mr. Nocks was accused of two instances of illegal sexual contact with male minors while teaching at Westerville City Schools.”

Ciccarelli said the school has “absolutely no indication” that Nocks ever engaged in inappropriate behavior with Columbus School for Girls students or staff. Ciccarelli said the school will reach out to the community to attempt to learn whether Nocks had any inappropriate relationships with students or staff.

The letter to parents goes on to explain the hiring process at Columbus School for Girls, which involved reference checks and an FBI background check. It also details avenues available for students to express concerns about staff and faculty members.

Westerville Police are in the early stages of investigation.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.