Other victims allege sexual harassment by teacher at Collinsville High School

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by Brittany Noble/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

(KMOV) -- More claims of sexual harassment against a former soccer coach at Collinsville High School and those claims are now causing police and the district to reopen and start new investigations.

Police called off their investigation about a relationship teacher Ron Rowden had with a teenage girl, after he killed himself earlier this week, but now there are new revelations.

According to police, the complaints are not only about Rowden, but other staff members at Collinsville High School. The alleged victims were afraid to reveal their identites for fear something else may happen to them.

A woman talked to News 4 over the phone and says she graduated from Collinsville High School a few years ago. She says for months, Rowden allegedly sexually harassed her.

News 4 received emails from other alleged victims claiming other teachers in the Collinsville District may have had inappropriate relationships with students over the past years.

Collinsville Superintendent Dr. Robert Green joined the district three years ago. Green said the sexual harassment claims are new to him, but he is working closely with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and police to make sure his schools are safe.

“It may be a good time for another refresher for both students and staff,” said Green, “That we have policies and procedures in place for sexual harassment at any level.”

Collinsville police and Green are asking any other victims to speak up and call an anonymous tip line for police at 618-344-2131 ext. 5444. 

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