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Seymour school official on paid leave, accepted into court diversionary program

January 23, 2019

SEYMOUR — The assistant principal of Seymour High School, who was placed on administrative leave with pay after an arrest in early December, was recently accepted into a court diversionary program, according to news reports.

Paul Lucke, 43, was charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, failure to display lights and operating/towing an unregistered motor vehicle by Naugatuck police on Dec. 1, according to a Naugatuck police arrest log.

Lucke did not respond to an email send Dec. 14 requesting comment about the charges. An email request that same day to the school’s principal to be directed to someone in charge of media requests was not returned.

Court records showed Lucke’s case had been statutorily sealed prior to his appearance in Waterbury court on Jan. 17.

The Republican-American reported Lucke was accepted into a court diversionary program on Jan. 17 in connection with the Dec. 1 arrest.

WTNH obtained a letter that was sent to Lucke in Dec. 2018 from Superintendent of Schools Michael Wilson. In the letter, Wilson said Lucke told him he was arrested for “a DUI violation” and that such violations are taken “very seriously.”

Wilson said as a result of the charges against Lucke, he was placed on “administrative leave with pay until further notice.”

Wilson concluded the letter, which can be read in its entirety on the WTNH website, by saying disciplinary action up to and including termination was possible.

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