CONWAY, S.C. — A former superintendent of Pontiac schools whose Illinois teaching license was suspended amid allegations of improper contact with children faces criminal charges in South Carolina involving the alleged molestation of a child. 

Kevin Lipke, 46, was charged in November with a single count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor during multiple incidents at the suspect's home in 2017 in Conway, S.C.

Lipke resigned as superintendent of Pontiac District 429 in 2014 after two years in the post. He had been placed on leave of absence three months earlier for unspecified reasons.

In April 2015, Lipke's teaching certificate was suspended for five years by the Illinois State Board of Education's licensure board. Lipke agreed to the suspension, which required him to obtain mental health counseling and professional development training on proper workplace boundaries and impulse control before his teaching license could be reinstated.

In the summer of 2015 after Lipke moved to South Carolina, that state's Board of Education notified Lipke that he was barred from teaching in South Carolina for the remainder of his Illinois suspension.

According to the South Carolina suspension order, Lipke was accused in Illinois of having "used his position as principal and superintendent to form inappropriate relationships with young male students which violated professional boundaries and those of healthy adult/child relationships."

No criminal charges were filed in Illinois against Lipke.

According to an online resume posted for Lipke, he has worked as a mental health counselor for young children, including those with emotional, social and behavioral disorders. His most recent job was owner of a convenience store and gas station, according to the employment history. 

Lipke is free on $5,000 bond.

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