McCRACKEN COUNTY, KY– The McCracken County director of pupil personnel and the high school principal are no longer charged with official misconduct.
McCracken County Attorney Sam Clymer announced Friday morning that he filed to dismiss the official misconduct second degree charge against Director of Pupil Personnel Brian Bowland and High School Principal Michael Ceglinski.
Ceglinski is still charged with failure to report child dependency, abuse, or neglect. Bowland is no longer facing any criminal charges.
Clymer says the changes comes with a change in his interpretation of the law.
The two were charged based on beliefs they violated Kentucky Law by intentionally causing an internal investigation into accusations of criminal abuse by a student toward another student instead of immediately reporting it to law enforcement.
Clymer says he could not find a precedent that specifically addressed the interpretation of that specific statute (KRS 620.040(4)) but conducted legal research of how this specific case related to the law.
Clymer says his research ended February 28 and determined that his interpretation of the statute was wrong and did not apply to this case.
You can read Clymer’s release in full by clicking here.
Around 2:30 p.m. Friday, attorney Jeremy Ian Smith, who is representing Ceglinski, released a statement on behalf of his client. It reads:
“Although under normal circumstances a dismissal of a charge is cause for celebration, to Mike, a lifelong educator and advocate for his students, this is no day to celebrate. We are in complete agreement with Mr. Clymer in that the true interests of justice must be served in every case. Those interests will be served on April 12, 2019 when Mike is acquitted at trial.”
This story has been updated to include the statement from Ceglinski’s attorney.