Washington Local School Board calls for Patrick Hickey to resign

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LENAWEE COUNTY, Mich. (WTVG) - In a unanimous vote at special meeting Thursday, members of the Washington Local School Board unanimously approved a resolution calling for Patrick Hickey's resignation.

This comes after information released last week that Hickey, a current Washington Local board member and former superintendent, is under investigation by the Michigan State Police.

"We have too much distraction in this district," Mark Hughes, Washington Local board member said. "We are not moving forward with issues regarding kids. We're not talking about our buildings. We're not talking about anything right now."

Investigators say they reopened an investigation involving allegations involving inappropriate relationships with students in Addison from 1986-1990. Hickey is a former teacher and coach in the Addison district.

Tony Cuevas with MSP tells 13abc that the victim contacted investigators in November and wanted to pursue charges against the suspect, even though during previous investigations did not.

Cuevas says there is no statute of limitations in Michigan. He adds the age of the victim at the time, the suspect's position of authority and the nature of the alleged crime would have allowed police to reopen the investigation either way.

MSP says they expect the investigation to take some time. Investigators say they want to talk to potential witnesses so anyone with information is asked to contact them.

WLS board president, Thomas Ilstrup says that the board can't force Hickey to resign, that move will be up to him.

"We have no authority to remove him. We have no authority to discipline him for something that happened outside of the board room," Ilstrup said. "We're simply saying, for the good of the district, please move on. Let us heal and get on with educating kids."

13abc also spoke with assistant prosecutor Angie Borders from Lenawee County who confirms this is a reopened case against Hickey.

Borders says, MSP asked her office to look into the information to determine whether there was enough to begin an investigation.

From here, she says, detectives will go through their process and send the findings back to the prosecutor's office to determine whether any official charges will be filed.

At this time there are no charges pending against Hickey.

As of Thursday afternoon, Hickey had not responded to requests for comment. He did not attend Thursday's meeting telling the board he was out of town for his son's basketball game.

Hickey was elected to the Washington Local School Board in November and took his place on the board earlier this month.