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BREAKING NEWS: Teacher, principal on leave because of alleged sexual misconduct, official says

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By The Staff

Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed Thursday that he made the decisions to put a principal and a teacher on leave because of allegations of sexual misconduct.

Romero also said he turned the cases over to the Las Vegas Police Department, which will conduct its own investigations into the charges.

"It's not our place to determine what's criminal and what's not. That's law enforcement's job," Romero said. "We're taking this seriously."

On Monday, Richard Lopez, principal of Robertson High School, was placed on paid administrative leave by Romero, who also sent teacher Jay Quintana home last Friday. On Thursday, he said the cases are related to sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations.

Romero said he couldn't say more because they were personnel matters.

On Tuesday, the Optic submitted a public records request for any claims against the two men. The newspaper may receive the information as early as Friday morning.

Lopez became the assistant principal and athletic director in 1999 and was promoted to principal in 2001.

Assistant Principal Eddie King is acting in Lopez's place.

Lopez and Quintana couldn't be reached for comment Thursday evening.