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Arlington athletic director put on leave, subject of police probe

Posted by Brock Parker  August 29, 2012 06:37 PM

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Arlington Athletic Director Ted Dever is the subject of a criminal investigation and has been placed on administrative leave by the school department.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan Wednesday would not comment on the nature of the allegations, other than to say there is an ongoing investigation by Arlington Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

“We typically don’t comment on, or confirm ongoing investigations, but given Mr. Dever’s leadership role with the public schools and the athletic program, we felt compelled to notify the school district,” Ryan said.

Arlington Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Bodie said in a statement obtained by the Globe that said Dever was placed on paid administrative leave after police notified the school department of the investigation.

“While we cannot comment on the allegations of conduct or on the investigation, we are unaware of any allegations of conduct that involves the operation of the Arlington High School athletic programs or of the Arlington Public Schools,” Bodie said.

The superintendent’s statement said she concluded placing Dever on leave pending the outcome of the investigation was in the best interests of the school district and student athletes. Bodie said the school department’s action is not a determination that the allegations against Dever are true.

Dever could not immediately be reached for comment.

He was named Arlignton’s athletic director in 2007 by former Superintendent of Schools Nate Levenson. Dever had previously worked in the guidance department at Arlington High School and as a hockey coach in Winchester for 10 years.

School Committee Chairwoman Kirsi Allison-Ampe declined to comment, saying Dever is an employee of the school district and any information about him should come from the superintendent.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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