A police investigation into a complaint about inappropriate contact with a student by a Medomak Valley High School staff member concluded there was no crime.

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said the department received a call Nov. 2 from Waldoboro Police Officer Larry Hesseltine. The Waldoboro department had received a complaint of what the complainant considered inappropriate contact, the sheriff said.

"After interviewing and going over all details provided to him [Detective Don Murray] concluded no criminal activity was found," the sheriff said Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The complaint coincides with the unexplained absence of Medomak Valley High School Principal Andrew J. Cavanaugh and the Nov. 16 vote by the Regional School Unit 40 Board to hold a dismissal hearing on an employee.

Waldoboro Police Chief William Labombarde said Tuesday, Nov. 21, that the complaint made to his department about the principal was not within his jurisdiction, since what was being alleged had not occurred at the school or in Waldoboro. He said the department referred the matter to the Knox County department.

The chief said he could not comment on details of the complaint.

Dennison said she would not be releasing any more details so as not to interfere with what the RSU 40 Board is doing.

Cavanaugh said Friday, Nov. 24, from his Rockport home that he could not comment on the matter. He also would not answer whether he had retained an attorney to represent him before the board.

RSU 40 has not provided any details, pointing out that it was a personnel matter.

"Our highest priority, as always, is the safety and well-being of our students," Superintendent Steve Nolan said Nov. 17.

RSU 40 Board Chair Danny Jackson said Friday that he hopes next week to schedule the dismissal hearing.

Cavanaugh has been principal at Medomak Valley since 2015. He has worked at the school since at least 2004, when he was an economics and government teacher.

Medomak Valley is in the Lincoln County town of Waldoboro, but the other four communities in the district — Union, Warren, Washington and Friendship — are in Knox County.