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Criminal investigation ends for suspended teacher's aide
Northtowns Correspondent
A Grand Island teacher's aide accused of improper contact with students won't face any criminal charges, but he will remain suspended pending the outcome of the school district's investigation.

"The investigation has been completed and reviewed by the district attorney's office and no criminal charges will be filed," Erie County Sheriff's Investigator Lt. James McMahon said.

The Sheriff's Department began investigating charges levied last month by the parents of a Veronica E. Connor Middle School pupil. District officials suspended the employee on May 19 after the parents said the aide had inappropriate contact with their child and several other children.

Superintendent Thomas Ramming said an attorney with the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services is conducting an investigation on behalf of the district.

"We want to look into what the specifics of the allegations are and see where it goes from there. These are serious accusations and we have to treat them that way," Ramming said.

The aide, in accordance with state education law, remains suspended with pay and is not permitted on school grounds until all the investigations are completed. The aide's status would then be reviewed.