Two Central Catholic Staff Members Placed On Administrative Leave

LAWRENCE (CBS) – Two staff members at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence have been placed on administrative leave while the school investigates accusations of inappropriate behavior.

The investigation into the staff members comes just days after Director of Curriculum and Instruction Andrew Nikonchuk was fired when a former student accused the administrator of drugging and raping him.

“My son is innocent. If you know my son, you know he would never do this,” Nikonchuk’s father, Andrew Nikonchuk said in a statement to WBZ-TV.

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Andrew Nikonchuk, former Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Central Catholic High School (Courtesy Photo)

On Thursday, Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan said in a letter to parents an allegation surfaced Wednesday that another staff member was posting “compromising photos” of himself on a website that is adults-only and password protected.

Copies of the photographs had been circulated around the school.

“This staff member’s online behavior is inconsistent with the values of self-respect, compassion for others, and healthy decision-making for the children we serve,” said Sullivan.

In addition, another administrator has been accused of sending inappropriate messages through social media to a student who graduated in 2016.

Screen shots of the conversation circulated around the school community.

Sullivan said the messages violate the Central Catholic’s policies on social boundaries between students and faculty.

Both staff members will remain on administrative leave until the school’s investigations are complete, Sullivan said.

Sullivan added that the school is also cooperating with the criminal investigation into the allegations against Nikonchuk.

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  1. Let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have harmed at Central Catholic High School will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened. Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
    Judy Jones, 636-433-2511. SNAPjudy@gmail.com
    SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  2. Dean Teagan says:

    Does this school use EBSCO to deliver “online research”? To 50,000 schools across the country, including private schools, EBSCO has been found to usurp school portals to deliver pornography and violent messaging that is likely to contribute to the increased rate of school violence and sexual assault http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen3/17a/CO-middle-school-x-rated/ebsco-database.html

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