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A former Bellaire High School teacher accused of sexual offenses involving students was arraigned Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra.

Kyle Michalo, 27, of 157 Union St., Mount Pleasant, pleaded innocent to one count of third-degree felony sexual battery and one count of fifth degree felony disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile, occurring May 1. His plea agreement hearing was set for Jan. 10 and his trial was scheduled for Feb. 3. His bond was set for $12,500.

“The indictment alleges one victim for the sexual battery and another victim for the dissemination,” Belmont County Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan said. “It occurred within the Bellaire school district in prior years.”

Flanagan confirmed the alleged victims were students, but in the interest of anonymity he did not go into detail about how the alleged offenses were brought to the attention of authorities.

“There was what is claimed to be one instance of sexual conduct involving a student, and one instance where a photograph was shared with a student,” Flanagan said.

Michalo faces a maximum of one year for the dissemination charge and five years for the sexual battery charge. He would be designated a Tier 2 sex offender required to register with law enforcement every 180 days for 25 years.

Bellaire Local School District Superintendent P. Derrick McAfee released a statement.

“On July 7 the Bellaire Local School District was made aware of alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher in our district. We immediately shared this information with the proper authorities, placed the teacher on leave, and started an internal investigation. The teacher in question is no longer employed by the Bellaire Local School District.

“Our mission is to provide a safe and secure educational environment for all of our students. I am proud of the quick response of our administrative team, Children’s Services, and the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office.”

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