ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Mehlville School District has suspended an elementary school principal accused of lewd and indecent conduct in Forest Park over the weekend, district superintendent Dr. Eric Knost said Tuesday.
Officials said James Walters, principal of Point Elementary School, jogged over to a Mazda car near Concourse and McKinley around 3 p.m. on Friday.
He then grabbed his genitals, according to a summons issued to Walters.
No charges were filed in the case, but Dr. Knost said Walters will not return to his duties until a full investigation is complete.
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Walters responded to the allegations and said the incident is a misunderstanding.
Here is the complete statement released by the Mehlville School District on Tuesday:
The Mehlville School District was notified yesterday, March 19, 2012, of allegations of lewd and indecent conduct in Forest Park on March 16, 2012, involving the principal at Point Elementary School. These allegations do not relate to any actions by the principal on school property or with district students. Our current understanding is that the principal was not charged with a crime and disputes some, if not all, of the allegations. Nevertheless, the District is, and will be, thoroughly investigating these allegations.
The District currently is on Spring Break, and the principal will not return to Point Elementary unless and until the District determines that to do so is appropriate and safe for all students.
As always, student safety is our top priority in the Mehlville School District. We will continue to follow all necessary and desirable procedures in order to ensure the safety and security of all district students.
Dr. Eric D. Knost