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UPDATE: Substitute Teacher Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges; Name Released

By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/22/13 @ 7:25 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A substitute teacher in Mason County faces two counts of sexual abuse, accused of having "inappropriate behavior with a student."

Mason County Sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested James Paul Hadinger, 43, of Gallipolis Ferry. He was charged with two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child.

According to the criminal complaint, Hadinger was a substitute teacher at Hannan Junior Senior High School and became involved with the female, underage student during the last several weeks.

On Feb. 12, investigators say Hadinger met the student at a grocery store and the two went to a basketball game together.

Deputies say after they left the game, Hadinger and the girl drove to an abandoned house along Ball Chapel Road in Ashton where he allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with her.

According to neighbors, Hadinger was also a preacher at Faith Gospel Church in Gallipolis Ferry. He led several youth groups at the church.

According to the Sheriff's deputy on the case, Hadinger gave a written confession to the alleged incident.

He is in the Western Regional Jail; bond was set at $200,000.

Hannan Junior Senior High School Principal Karen Oldham said counselors and school psychologists are being offered to students as a result of the incident.

Mason County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Dickens released the following statement on the incident:

"Confidentiality requirements prevent me from commenting upon or discussing any allegations of employee misconduct. In the event disciplinary action is taken against an employee by the Board, further information will be disclosed. However, I can say that anytime the district is confronted with allegations relating to the safety and welfare of students, the allegations are taken seriously, thoroughly investigated and that measures are taken to ensure that students are safe and not exposed to any continuing risk of harm."

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ORIGINAL STORY 2/21/13 @ 5:25 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A substitute teacher in Mason County, W.Va., is behind bars.

Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers tells WSAZ.com that a substitute, hired by the Mason County Board of Education, was arrested Thursday for "inappropriate behavior with a student."

Powers says the substitute was not at the school when he was taken into custody.

At this time, the substitute teacher's name or charges aren't being released.

No other details about the case are being released.

The Mason County Sheriff's Office is working with the Mason County Prosecutor's Office on this case.

Mason County Schools Superintendet Suzanne Dickens released the following statement on the incident:

"Confidentiality requirements prevent me from commenting upon or discussing any allegations of employee misconduct. In the event disciplinary action is taken against an employee by the Board further information will be disclosed. However, I can say that anytime the district is confronted with allegations relating to the safety and welfare of students the allegations are taken seriously, thoroughly investigated and that measures are taken to ensure that students are safe and not exposed to any continuing risk of harm."

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