Pittsburgh school police officer accused of assault to resign

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The Pittsburgh Public Schools board has scheduled a special legislative meeting to accept the resignation of school police officer Robert Lellock, who was suspended after a former student, now an adult, accused him of sexual assault.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the board headquarters in Oakland, immediately before its agenda review meeting.

Chief of staff Lisa Fischetti today said the district had asked for and received the resignation of Mr. Lellock, 43, who was suspended with pay on July 25.

"We have now received information we had not had before that has prompted us to move quickly to take steps to separate his employment from the district," Ms. Fischetti said.

She declined to elaborate on the information.

Asked why the district didn't move to terminate his employment, she said, "This is the most expeditious manner in which the district can handle this matter at this time."

Mike Manko, spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney, today said the investigation is "still in progress."

Mr. Manko said the case involves more than one former student but declined to say how many.

Last month, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said his office was looking into the allegations and whether the district properly handled the situation.

At least one incident was alleged to have happened at then Rooney Middle School on the North Side in 1999. Mr. Lellock was suspended for 20 days in that instance and the district notified authorities, Ms. Fischetti said.

Mr. Lellock was hired by the district on April 3, 1990 and has held several assignments, Ms. Fischetti said. education - homepage - neigh_city - breaking

Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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