Mascoutah Middle School employee faces sexual abuse charges

News-DemocratMay 17, 2013 

A 21-year-old man who worked part-time as a maintenance worker at Mascoutah Middle School was charged Friday with six counts of criminal sexual abuse.

Paul J. McNicol, of 31 S. County Road in Mascoutah, was charged as a result of an investigation initiated on Monday. Police learned that McNicol was involved in a prior relationship with a 16-year-old female high school student and was having a relationship with a 14-year-old female student of the middle school, unbeknownst to the student's parents.

Police said there is no evidence that McNicol met either victim through his employment. Also, police do not believe any acts were committed at the school.

A spokesman for the school district could not be reached for comment Friday.

McNicol had no prior criminal history that school district could have known about that would have prevented him from being hired.

McNicol is being kept at the St. Clair County Jail. His bond has been set at $250,000.