County attorney explains why misconduct charges against 2 school administrators dropped

Michael Cegliski (left) and Brian Bowland (right)
Credit: McCracken County High School website

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY – McCracken County Attorney Sam Clymer dismissed misconduct charges against suspended McCracken County High School Principal Michael Ceglinski and Director of Pupil Personnel Brian Bowland on Friday.

The two men were charged because of the way they handled the case involving 18 year old student Princekumar Joshi. Joshi is accused of having sexual images of a minor and forcing a minor to commit a sexual act.

Clymer said he dismissed the misconduct charges because the state law used to charge them does not apply in this case. The original interpretation of the law said schools could not conduct internal investigations. Clymer concluded that schools can conduct internal investigations as long as they report the incident to proper authorities.

“There is a duty to institute prosecution when it’s required, and there is an absolute duty to withdraw prosecution when that’s required, and that’s what I’ve done in this situation. Based in this interpretation I’ve formulated, prosecution is not warranted, and so it was immediately dismissed,” Clymer said.

Bowland now faces no charges. Ceglinski is still charged with failure to report in the case involving former fishing coach John Parks. Ceglinski was arraigned in court earlier this week. He was supposed to be arraigned on March 7th, but his lawyer got the date moved up. the original judge over Ceglinski’s case recused himself, because he has a personal connection to the current interim principal at McCracken County High. Ceglinski’s trial date is set for April 12th.