Nicholas Greco, a Shenandoah County Schools teacher and football coach, is on paid administrative leave after being charged with hazing and assault involving a 13-year-old student. (Photo by Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office)
HARRISONBURG — A Central High School football coach has been released on a secured bond after being arrested and charged with hazing to cause bodily injury, assault by mob and seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Nicholas Greco, who also teaches eighth grade at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, turned himself in Thursday at the sheriff’s office. The 34-year-old Maurertown resident was released on a $12,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear on Dec. 5 in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Woodstock.
Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said that on Nov. 13, a 13-year-old boy reported being assaulted on Oct. 31. The boy sustained minor cuts and bruises. He attends one of the schools on the central campus, which includes Peter Muhlenberg, Central and W.W. Robinson Elementary School, but Dellinger would not say which one.
The assault occurred off school property and involved a group of athletes, Dellinger said. The group, including the 13-year-old, then returned to campus.
No one but the teacher has been charged.
In addition to serving as a coach of a Central High football team, Greco is also the assistant director of spring sports at the school, according to the school’s website.
Greco did not return a message left at his home this morning.
Jeremy Raley, the superintendent of county public schools, would not give additional details about the incident, but said the school system is investigating the incident. Greco is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is complete.
Because Greco’s case is a personnel issue, Raley would not say why Greco is on paid leave instead of unpaid leave. Each case is considered individually, he said. There is no timeline for completion of the school division’s investigation.
Raley would not say whether school officials have discussed the matter with students at the central campus.
“We have ongoing programs, we always have, and will continue to have programs associated with school safety, bullying and treating each other with respect,” he said. “That is something that the school division has always done and will continue to do.”
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