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Allegation: Diocese kept quiet about teacher’s relationship with student

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Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 10.31.48 AMPolice in Seattle have arrested a former Bishop Watterson music teacher who stands accused of sexual misconduct with an underage student.

As of late, 34 year-old Brian Sze has been an instructor at a private school in Seattle. The school sent a notice home to parents explaining about the Sze situation and hurling allegations about Bishop Watterson. According to the Lakeside School, Bishop Watterson knew about the accusations against the teacher and allowed him to resign instead of firing him. When Lakeside checked with Watterson for a reference, the Seattle school says that Watterson failed to mention the accusations and instead gave Sze a glowing recommendation.

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has released a statement saying that they fired Sze in June due to an issue with another student (not involved with the current charges). They say that Bishop Watterson was never asked for a reference. Lakeside School says that is untrue.

The Columbus Dispatch says that the father of the Watterson student associated with the current charges discovered sexually suggestive messages from Sze to his son in July of this year. In interviews with police, the boy said that he and Sze had a relationship that lasted from April 2014 through May 2015 that included sexual activity.

The Lakeside School has fired Sze.

Bishop Watterson is saying nothing.

Seattle Police will soon send Sze back to Columbus to face the music.  (jj)

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Columbus firefighter on leave after attempting sexual conduct with teen

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A Columbus firefighter is being charged with attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

According to court documents per 10TV, 54-year-old Walter Lash is on leave without pay following conduct involving a 15-year-old girl on Feb. 26.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin released a statement to 10TV on the charge:

“We have been aware of the charges against Lash. This is devastating to the division and is in no way representative of the values that define us as public servants. Lash will be afforded due process in court as anyone would be and then will face appropriate actions by the division of fire.”

Lash being held at the Franklin County Jail, and is due to be arraigned on Thursday.

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2 former OSU football players facing rape, kidnapping charges

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Two Ohio State University football players have been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping.

Amir I. Riep, 21, and Jahsen L. Wint, 21, were charged late Tuesday by Columbus police and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Franklin County Municipal Court, reports Columbus Dispatch.

The incident is alleged to have occurred the evening of Feb. 4 at the apartment Riep and Wint share on Sawmill Place Boulevard.

The two men have been dismissed from the Ohio State football team.

To read more from the affidavit filed by Columbus police about the alleged incident, visit The Dispatch.

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Police investigating Short North shooting, 2nd in 3 days

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Police are investigating a shooting in the Short North, the second in the area in just three days.

According to 10TV, two men got into an argument with two other men just after 3am this morning in the 700 block of North High St. One of the men walked back to a vehicle to get a handgun and fired eight shots.

One man was shot in the back, and another man was cut on the ear by a knife.

A witness told police the suspects left the scene in a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck.

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On Friday, a bystander was shot in the face by a stray bullet outside Monarch Lounge located at 700 North High St.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call police at 614-645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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