Editor’s note: This story was updated Tuesday to correct charges in the case. Benjamin Klafczynski has not been charged with sexual imposition in Medina County Common Pleas Court.
A former Wadsworth High School teacher accused of tampering with evidence pleaded not guilty Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court.
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Benjamin Klafczynski, 28, of the 4000 block Beach Road in Granger Township, is charged with one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and one count of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor.
A jury trial is scheduled for July 24.
The evidence tampering allegedly occurred between Nov. 1 and Dec. 6, "knowing that an official proceeding or investigation was in progress or likely to occur," according to Klafczynski's April 4 indictment.
A third-degree felony carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a third-degree misdemeanor up to 60 days in jail.
Klafczynski was arrested Thursday and released Friday on $10,000 bond.
Wadsworth Police Chief Randy Reinke said school officials contacted his department Dec. 5.
"On that day it had come to their attention there could be a possible issue," Reinke said.
Officials contacted the department "immediately," he said, adding police began an investigation the same day.
The issue was "possible misconduct" by Klafczynski, Reinke said.
The chief said "the case is still technically open," and he could not elaborate.
Klafczynski was in his second year as a marketing teacher at Wadsworth High, Superintendent Andrew Hill said.
Klafczynski could not be reached for comment. No attorney was listed on court documents.
He resigned his teaching position at Wadsworth's Board of Education meeting Jan. 5. The board accepted the resignation, which was effective Jan. 6.
Hill said a request by The Gazette for Klafczynski's personnel file would be granted after school administrators completed legal protocol.
Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.