By Sue Botos
Rocky River police have obtained an arrest warrant from the Rocky River Municipal Court for Sean Szaller, 31, for gross sexual imposition, according to a release issued by police. Because this is an ongoing investigation involving the former Magnificat High School employee and an underage juvenile female, police are unable to release any further information at this time. Szaller is currently out of state, and police say he has plans to turn himself in upon his return.
Szaller’s LinkedIn profile describes him as an “independent performing arts professional” and a professional actor, director, choreographer, musical director/conductor, educator, administrator and stage manager”. It additionally stated that Szaller was theater manager at Magnificat , where, he commented, “managed the beautiful 1,000 seat performing arts center.”
Magnificat President Renatta Rafferty told West Life that Szaller came to the school as a part-time employee in May of 2011 and became the full-time theater manager in September of 2012. She said his last full-time day was Aug. 9 , 2013, then he went back to part-time employment until leaving to resume his career as an actor in New York City.
“There were no incidents during the time he was here and during the time immediately following,” stated Rafferty. Although he was not a teacher, he had “nearly daily contact” with students at the all-girls Catholic high school. Rafferty said there had never been any complaints about him either from students or parents.
Szaller’s responsibilities with the theater included scheduling of events and the rental of all spaces in the performing arts complex such as the theater, coral and dance studios and the lobby. Rafferty said he also handled some of the “technical work” during student productions.
Rafferty confirmed that the juvenile involved with the pending case was a student, but could not comment on whether or not she still attended the school.
According to information from the website for the Fairmount Center for Performing Arts, Szaller has been involved in professional theater for 15 years. The Cleveland native has “been seen on almost every professional stage in NE Ohio including the Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cain Park, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Beck Center.” He taught private voice and acting lessons and served on the faculty of the Fairmount Performing Arts Camp from its’ beginnings in 2004. From 2008 until his Magnificat job in 2011, Szaller appeared in numerous professional productions, including 2 off-Broadway runs.
If anyone has relevant information regarding this case, they are asked to contact Rocky River police at 440-331-1234 ext. 2151.