RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Several Richmond School Board members and an email obtained by ABC 8News say a top Richmond Public Schools official is on administrative leave after being accused of inappropriate conduct with an intern.
Felicia Cosby serves at the RPS public information officer and often appears in the media as the school system's spokesperson.
Cosby has not been charged with a crime, but ABC 8News obtained an email concerning Cosby that was sent to Mayor Dwight Jones, the Richmond School Board and others on Tuesday, March 25 from Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden that says:
"Please be advised that we received a letter of allegations via REA (the Richmond Education Association) from an employee related to Ms. Cosby. At this time, Ms. Cosby is on leave while the situation is being reviewed via HR and the investigator. Ms. Cletisha Lovelace will be serving as the Acting Director during the interim while this situation is being resolved."
School leaders say Cosby is on leave for giving alcohol to an intern who was a college student working with the school system. Leaders say they were drinking on the job and that the incident happened on school property. Although the intern was of legal drinking age, the alleged activity is a violation of district policy, which states:
"Richmond Public Schools is committed to assuring a drug and alcohol free working environment for all of its employees, which is designed to maintain a safe, healthy and productive work environment for all employees."
Felicia Cosby's attorney, Paul Goldman issued the following statement:
"The allegations leaked to the media about Ms. Cosby and alcohol are absolutely untrue. The Superintendent and School board know they have no proof whatsoever and their refusal to accept responsibility for the unfairness done to my client will be addressed shortly."
Authorities with knowledge of the investigation say Cosby made wine on the side and brought it into work, offering it to the intern.
ABC 8News called Cosby's cell phone for a comment, but the call was sent immediately to voicemail.
The district's acting public information officer confirms an investigation is underway.
Cosby is not being charged with a crime and is still listed as the public information officer on the RPS website.
This is a developing story. Stay with ABC 8News on air, online and on the go for updates as they become available.