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Teacher In 'Revenge Porn' Case Placed On Leave

8:00 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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Jessica Brown, The Cincinnati Enquirer

CINCINNATI -- A teacher at a Cincinnati-area Christian school has been placed on paid leave after a nude photo of her surfaced on the Internet.

A spokeswoman at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's North Campus confirmed that the female teacher, whose name was not released, was put on leave Monday after the school received tips about the photo.

"We can confirm we have an employee who appears in some photos that have been compromised and made digitally available," said spokeswoman Jennifer Murphy. "By compromised, I do mean were made available without her knowledge or consent."

The images, according to reports, were posted on what's referred to as a "revenge porn" website, a site on which users can post inappropriate photos and comments about others without their knowledge or consent. The sites often require those depicted in the photos to pay hundreds of dollars to have their photo removed.

The nondenominational private school is investigating the situation. It notified staff, faculty and parents of the situation via email Tuesday evening.

The school is not releasing details about the teacher or the situation to protect the teacher's privacy.

Most religious schools have morality clauses that employees must agree to abide by.

Murphy said CHCA, which also has a location downtown, does have policies regarding employee behavior. But she said the circumstances here aren't clear.

"We don't know the intent as to how it was provided," she said. "Our goal at this time is to inform faculty and staff and make sure we have minimal disruptions. We are a Christian school and a Christ-centered environment. We don't want to compromise the learning environment for our children."

She said this is the first time the school has had to deal with a situation like this. She said the photos in no way involved the school or its students.

The north campus, serves around 1,300 students in grades prekindergarten-12.

This is not the first controversy at the school. In June 2012, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on a music teacher who said the school rescinded a job offer after learning he was gay.

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