WILKES-BARRE — Former Wilkes-Barre Area School District shop teacher Brian Hampel is still fighting over his termination.
A recent labor grievance hearing has put his fate at the forefront of legal issues being handled by the district.
“The board terminated him, he filed a grievance, and the grievance arbitration proceeding is still pending,” district solicitor Ray Wendolowski said. “There was a full day of hearings.”
Hampel was accused of acting as a lookout in the case of Stephen Stahl, a former wrestling coach and dean of students at Coughlin High School. Stahl served six months on a corruption of minors conviction.
A jury determined Stahl had engaged in an 18-month sexual relationship with student beginning in 2004 and occurring on school grounds.
The district investigated the allegation that Hampel had served as lookout for one incident in the school, and Wendolowski said at the time that Hampel had waived a hearing. He was fired in September 2016 and responded by filing a labor grievance.
Hampel was later accused of bringing alcohol to house parties and sexual misconduct with a student, but a judge dismissed the charges in May this year after prosecutors said they didn’t believe they could satisfy the burden of proof.
Hampel then sued Luzerne County detectives Charles Balogh and Debbie Parker, alleging they omitted facts in a sworn affidavit. That case is still pending in federal court.
Wendolowski declined to offer any insight into the grievance proceedings.
Possible legal outcomes could include re-instating Hampel, letting the termination stand as is, or reaching a settlement that would end further litigation.
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