HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helena Public Schools officials are reviewing a decision to hire a former Missoula teacher after finding out that he previously was sentenced for misdemeanor assault against a student.

Superintendent Tyler Ream, who took his position after the school board approved the hiring of Dan Kucera, tells the Independent Record he is looking into the matter.

Kucera is in the final stages of the hiring process for a position teaching business at Helena's Capital High School this fall. He has not yet completed a background check, and the newspaper reports that his teaching license expired in 2015.

In 2005, Kucera was accused of putting a 17-year-old student in a head lock and sucking on his neck, causing severe bruising. He resigned from Missoula's Sentinel High School and was given a 6-month sentence after pleading no contest to the assault charge.