Police Investigate Centralia Band Teacher on Administrative Leave

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CENTRALIA - KOMU 8 News learned Tuesday a Centralia Public Schools band teacher has been put on administrative leave as school officials investigate allegations of inappropriate contact with a female student.

Lt. Robert Bias of the Centralia Police Department said Bryan Koerner is under investigation by his department, but would give no information on the reason for the investigation.  Prosecutors had filed no charges against Koerner as of Tuesday noon.

Koerner teaches fifth and sixth grade band, middle school band and high school band.

Centralia superintendent Darin Ford said, "One of our teachers is on administrative leave. There is a pending investigation underway after a student claimed that the band teacher made inappropriate contact with that student."

Ford confirmed it was a female student but would not confirm the student's age or grade level.

KOMU 8 News reached out to Koerner but did not get a response as of this writing.