Press-Tribune: Allegations, Denials In Melba School District

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One day after Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said that he had asked for the Ada County Sheriff's Department to launch an investigation into possible obstruction of a probe into two alleged sex crimes in the Melba School District, the Melba School Superintendent Andrew Grover said Donahue's allegations were "false and damaging."

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Grover said he's been trying to contact Donahue regarding school safety "but the sheriff has not but responsive."

"Apparently there is a [personality conflict]," Grover told the Press-Tribune, and added that he was unaware of any investigation of obstruction or failure to report crimes until he read the Press-Tribune.

Donahue said that a male juvenile had been arrested in connection with an alleged rape at the Melba Junior-Senior High School. The unnamed suspect is charged with lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16 and battery with intent to commit a serious felony. Donahue also said his department was investigating a report of alleged sexual misconduct by a former teacher in the district.

Grover said the school district's attorneys were in the process of drafting a response letter to the sheriff.