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COLBY (WAOW) - Colby School Superintendent Steven Kolden says a teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while the school investigates allegations of "inappropriate conduct."

Kolden said Thursday that he intended to wrap up the investigation next week.

Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen said a man came to the police department in early February and reported that he had been sexually touched more than three years ago at a Marshfield home by the male Colby teacher.

The victim said he was 18 at the time, Jepsen said.

"It was alleged there was a student-teacher connection," the police chief said.

Jepsen said the statute of limitations on the allegations of misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault had passed, meaning no charges could be filed, and the matter was referred to the Colby School District for possible disciplinary action.

Kolden said the teacher was placed on administrative leave Feb. 12 when the school learned of the allegations from Marshfield police.

"To protect the confidentiality of the individual and the employee, no further information will be released until the district has completed its investigation," the superintendent said in a statement.

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