Erie County Sheriff's deputies are investigating allegations that an EHOVE instructor had an inappropriate relationship with one or more high school students.
Sheriff's Detective Jared Oliver wouldn't release more information about the ongoing investigation, including the suspect's name.
EHOVE records, however, indicate Ned McElfresh resigned as firefighter and EMT instructor last week while under investigation by the sheriff's office for "possible misconduct with female EHOVE JVS students."
Deputies began the investigation after receiving information from multiple people, Oliver said.
They have conducted interviews and are still trying to pin down some key facts, including whether more than one student was involved.
EHOVE administrators received a request from investigators on Dec. 2 to review McElfresh's personnel file, superintendent Sharon Mastroianni said. Following school policy, they notified McElfresh of the request.
McElfresh called in sick the following day, a Friday.
On Monday, Dec. 6, he cleaned out his office and submitted his resignation, which the school board accepted at a regular meeting two days later.
EHOVE never started its own investigation because events unfolded so quickly, school officials said.
"As soon as we found out there were allegations, Mr. McElfresh did not step back into the classroom," Mastroianni said.
McElfresh began working for EHOVE in 2004 as a paramedic instructor, before the program was combined with the firefighter program. He previously worked for fire departments in Cleveland and Huron, according to his personnel file, and has several years of active and reserve military service.
McElfresh, of Clyde, referred comments to his attorney, Troy Wisehart, who could not be reached after business hours Tuesday.
A certified substitute instructor is now teaching EHOVE's firefighter/EMT class, Mastroianni said, and the school will soon post a job for a new instructor.