A teacher working for the Ritenour School District was charged this week with sexual contact with a student in connection with a 2011 incident at Ritenour High School.
According to charging documents from the St. Louis County Circuit Court, Conye L. Ausar, 45, was charged by the Overland Police Department and arrested Tuesday.
Police said Ausar knowingly had sexual contact with a female Ritenour High School student in the wrestling room of the high school in November of 2011, while he was serving as the school's wrestling coach and working as a teacher for the high school through the special school district.
A school spokeswoman said he became a teacher at Ritenour Middle School in 2014, at which time he stopped working for the special school district.
A letter from Superintendent Dr. Chris Killbride to parents said Ausar was put on leave on Jan. 25 after the school was made aware of the alleged inappropriate contact. The school passed the information on to Overland police who charged Ausar on Tuesday.
The letter said counselors and social workers are available for any student or staff member who may want help or needs any type of support related to the situation.
The Ritenour School District released the following statement:
We are deeply troubled by any report that a staff member may have engaged in inappropriate behavior with a student. We hold our educators and other district employees to the highest standards of conduct and are committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment for our students. We will continue cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities as they move forward with this case.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.
Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Ausar was working at Ritenour Middle School at the time of the incident. The story has since been corrected.