Police investigating after 3 girls report ‘unprofessional conduct’ of Holyoke High School staff

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A staff member at Holyoke High School has been suspended pending an investigation into complaints made by three girls who attend the school. 

On Tuesday, October 5, three students made a report of unprofessional conduct against a paraprofessional to the principal, according to Holyoke Police Captain Matthew Moriarty. The principal contacted Holyoke Public Schools Superintendent Soto after receiving the complaint and suspended the paraprofessional until the police investigation into the matter is complete. 

“The school’s administration is cooperating with the Holyoke Police Department in full,” Capt. Moriarty said. “The alleged inappropriate behavior involves minors; their security and privacy is paramount and must be respected.” 

This investigation comes after school officials confirmed with 22News on Monday they were investigating an alleged sexual assault of a student at the high school. Police say these two incidents are not related.

Holyoke Police Captain Matthew Moriarty told 22News the department is investigating the allegations involving two Holyoke High School students and the inappropriate encounter between them. Electronic evidence has been turned over to the Massachusetts State Police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Holyoke Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at (413) 322-6900. You can also Text A Tip.

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