Seneca High cheerleading coach suspended 'indefinitely' amid investigation
The cheerleading coach at Seneca High who also worked as a security monitor at Minor Daniels Academy has been suspended amid an investigation by Jefferson County Public Schools.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The cheerleading coach at Seneca High School who also works as a security monitor at Minor Daniels Academy has been suspended amid a district and police investigation.
Demont O'Neal has been suspended "indefinitely" without pay pending the outcome of the investigation, said Jennifer Brislin, a spokeswoman for Jefferson County Public Schools.
Brislin would not comment on the nature of the investigation, but sources tell WDRB that the Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating O'Neal.
When WDRB asked LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley if police are investigating O'Neal, she confirmed that a detective in the department's Crimes Against Children unit "has an investigation involving a JCPS employee."
"The investigation is ongoing and (the detective) is declining to release any further details," Smiley said.
According to Brislin, O'Neal was hired by JCPS in October of 2015 had been the cheerleading coach since last year.
The district suspended O'Neal on Aug. 18, according to a personnel report approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education on Sept. 13.
The report listed O'Neal as an in-school security monitor at Seneca, but Brislin said Thursday that he was a security monitor at Minor Daniels and the cheerleading coach at Seneca.
Meanwhile, the Seneca cheerleading coaching position is currently vacant, but is being temporarily filled by Kerry Richey, who had previously been the school's cheer coach.
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