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Novi — An employee at the Novi School District has been put on administrative leave while police investigate a report of inappropriate contact with students, the district superintendent confirmed Tuesday morning.

“The Novi Police Department contacted us about two weeks ago to tell us it was conducting an investigation into one of our employees,” Novi School Superintendent Steve Matthews said. “Our immediate action was to protect our students by putting the employee on paid administrative leave. It is our intent to soon put out a press release about the situation.”

Novi Assistant Chief of Police Jerrod Hart said his Novi police were alerted to the allegations by another police department.

“We started our investigation about seven days ago,” Hart said. “We are early into the investigation but once it is completed we will forward our findings to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for any charges.”

Hart declined to comment on whether the suspected employee had a criminal record. Matthews declined to identify the employee or their position with the school district.

“We have to remember that at this point this is an investigation and that the employee also has rights,” Matthews said.

According to Matthews, police initiated the investigation after receiving a tip alleging inappropriate contact. Matthews said the police department did not go into detail about the allegations.

The Novi School District consists of eight schools with a student population of about 6,500.

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