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UTPB STEM Academy staff member to be reinstated after sexual assault investigation

The staff member has been cleared of any wrongdoing and will be reinstated, according to a UTPB spokesperson.

ODESSA, Texas — UPDATE: After an investigation by University of Texas Permian Basin police, the staff member has been cleared of any wrongdoing and will be reinstated, according to a UTPB spokesperson.

The case is now closed. For more information on the investigation and what led to it, read the original story below.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A UTPB STEM Academy staff member has been placed on leave after allegations of sexual assault were brought to the school's attention by a student.

The employee was placed on administrative leave immediately while UTPB Police notified parents and began an investigation.

No charges have been issued at this time and the suspect's name has not been released.

The incident reportedly took place in the spring 2021 semester.

Due to the nature of the investigation, no further information is released at this time.

"The well-being and safety of all of our students is our highest value. Under no circumstances does the University or the STEM Academy tolerate any inappropriate conduct by its employees.  We will continue to work with the appropriate authorities and will take action consistent with the law and institutional policy in handling this matter," UTPB said in a press release.