SHS resource officer reassigned

Staff report

SIDNEY — A Sidney High School resource officer has been reassigned for impropriety.

According to a release Friday, April 28, from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Cipollone made inappropritate remarks to a female student at the school.

Cipollone advised Chief Deputy James Frye on Thursday, April 27, of his comments. Frye then requested an internal investigation.

Cipollone was a school resource officer in his second year of assignment to Sidney High School. He has been employed by the sheriff’s office since July 2015.

The investigation revealed that a female student had walked into an office in the school on April 20 and showed her tan line by pulling down her waistband. The student showed her tan line to a female faculty member while Cipollone was in the office. On April 21, Cipollone saw the female student in the gym, approached her and asked if he could speak with her. They had a conversation during which Cipollone said, “What you did was inappropriate in the office, and it made me have inappropriate thoughts.”

During the investigation, Cipollone submitted to computer voice stress analysis and was found to be nondeceptive and no deception was indicated. An interview with the female student was conducted, and she was found to be truthful. Her story was found to be similar to Cipollone’s. Interviews with Sidney school administrators were conducted, and the investigation was wrapped up Friday morning, April 28.

Cipollone has been reassigned to another sheriff’s office position, and another deputy has been assigned as a resource officer at the school to fill the remainder of the school year, which ends May 25. Cipollone will receive a seven-day, unpaid suspension for his comments to the student and will also be required to undergo inservice training on appropriate communication with students.

Cipollone will be issued a letter of reprimand from Sidney City Schools Superintendent John Scheu. The letter will be included in Cipollone’s personnel file. This punishment was jointly decided by Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart and Scheu.

Staff report