Principal places himself on leave during sex abuse inquiry

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2001

WASILLA (AP) -- The principal of Colony High School has placed himself on paid administrative leave while the School District investigates whether he should have reported a suspected relationship between a teacher and student.

Bill Harlow took the action Thursday, district spokeswoman Kim Floyd said.

''He wanted everyone to know he supported the investigation,'' Floyd said. ''He fully feels he has done his job, and he wants to make sure there is as little disruption to the building as possible.''

Harlow was one of several people interviewed in an investigation into what people knew about an alleged relationship between social studies teacher Seth Daniel Joslin, 34, and a 17-year-old student.

Joslin, who has resigned, was charged last week with several counts of sexually abusing a minor.

Harlow is under scrutiny because the school custodian told troopers he alerted the principal after finding Joslin and the girl in the classroom together, charging documents said.

District policy requires teachers and staffers to report even the suspicion of abuse.

Harlow did not report any suspicions to district officials, Floyd said. It is not clear, however, what Harlow was told or when.

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