CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police concluded that there was nothing criminal in an incident that occurred at the High School of St. Thomas More earlier this month.
Lt. Joe Gallo confirmed Friday that an official affiliated with the Catholic high school on North Mattis Avenue in Champaign called the police department about 5:10 p.m. Nov. 8, asking that the police look into a Nov. 1 incident that happened with girls in the school's locker room.
Veteran Detective Don Shepard was assigned, and over the course of three days, interviewed six girls and at least two adults on the staff, he said.
"The investigation has revealed no indication by anyone, including the physical education teacher, of any touching of genitals, breasts or anything of a sexual nature," Shepard told The News-Gazette.
"There is no evidence of any criminal act and no one who is willing to testify for any criminal charges," Gallo added.
On Monday, the Catholic Diocese of Peoria informed parents that Principal Tim Millage had been relieved of his duties and that Assistant Principal Mike Scholz would be the acting principal until a new principal can be hired for the next school year. No reason was given for the personnel changes.
Millage, who had been principal since 2000, declined to talk to The News-Gazette. And diocesan spokeswoman Patricia Gibson has also declined to answer any questions about Millage's employment on behalf of the diocesan superintendent of schools, Brother William Dygart, or Bishop Daniel Jenky.
"It's the policy of the diocese that we have no comment concerning personnel matters," said Gibson, the diocese's chancellor. "We have no further comment regarding Mr. Millage and his employment at the high school."
Gallo characterized Shepard's investigation as "thorough."
"If there's a concern of improper behavior, it's appropriate to ask us to investigate, which we did in this instance. That's what we're paid to do," Gallo said.