UPDATE: The spokesperson for McCracken County Schools confirmed the district’s Director of Pupil Personnel, Brian Bowland, is also suspended with pay.
The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that Bowland is charged with official misconduct involving several criminal investigations at the high school. Bowland and Ceglinski are accused of conducting internal investigations on potential criminal activity instead of reporting it to deputies.
Both have been on paid leave since February 20.
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — We now have more information on the allegations made against 18-year-old McCracken County High School student Princekumar Joshi and its connection with Principal Michael Ceglinski.
Joshi was arrested earlier this week on accusations he had illegal sexual images of another student who is underage.
A complaint warrant we obtained says on February 6, Joshi drove an underage female classmate to his home and forced her to perform a sexual act. Joshi also took Snapchat videos of the forced sexual act.
The warrant further states the victim then went to the school and told them she had been blackmailed into performing oral sex. It was then that deputies say Principal Michael Ceglinski and Director of Pupil Personnel Brian Bowland began their own investigation. The student was asked to give a written statement.
Their investigation included interviewing Joshi on February 15 who admitted to taking two videos on his cell phone but had since deleted them. He also provided a written statement to the school.
Deputies learned about the interview and written statement during their own interview with Joshi on February 18.
A criminal complaint summons against Ceglinski says that this is in direct violation of a stature that states schools shall not perform an administrative investigation in lieu of a criminal investigation.
The complaint goes on to say, “Both Ceglinski and Bowland had a duty to report the allegations made by the student to law enforcement, which neither of them did. They also went well outside their official duties by conducting and directing an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.”
Ceglinski was charged with official misconduct and failure to report child neglect/abuse. He is on paid leave. Bowland was charged with official misconduct. We are asking about his status with the school.
Joshi was charged with electronic solicitation of a minor for sex or other illegal activity.
Joshi and Ceglinski have their first court appearances in March. Bowland does not yet have a court date set.
You can read both criminal complaints below.
“…engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion…”
Also by law, deviate sexual intercourse means:
“…any act of sexual gratification involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another; or penetration of the anus of one person by any body part or a foreign object manipulated by another person…”