CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Sex allegations have surfaced against the athletic director of Ida Baker High School in Cape Coral.
Matthew Yankovich is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student when he worked at Diplomat Middle School. The former student made the accusations last November, saying she was 13 years old at the time of the relationship. Yankovich was suspended with pay immediately after the allegation.
The district says it investigated the complaint and found probable cause for discipline.
The school board was slated to consider terminating Yankovich on Monday, but Yankovich asked for a administrative law judge to make a ruling in the case, delaying any termination proceedings. Instead, the board voted to suspend Yankovich without pay while awaiting the judge's ruling.
District records obtained by WINK News show Yankovich had two earlier reprimands for his conduct with students, one of which involved placing a mint on a female student's desk, touching her side and head, and whispering to her.
Records show Yankovich has worked for the Lee County School District since August of 1993.
WINK News tried to contact Yankovich for his side of the story, but there was no answer at his last known address.