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POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A Doniphan high school principal, who previously worked in the North County school district, is charged with forgery for allegedly taking a college placement test for a former student.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports that 53-year-old Doniphan High School principal Ronald McCutchen is accused of taking the COMPASS test on behalf of a student. The test is similar to the ACT.

The criminal complaint alleges that McCutchen faxed the results to Three Rivers College in July.

McCutchen was placed on administrative leave Oct. 1.

The student told a school resource officer that McCutchen took the test for him so he could get a better score. The student earned scholarship money as a result of his score, but said he felt guilty and didn't attend Three Rivers.

A message left by the AP with McCutchen's attorney was not returned.

According to KFVS12, McCutchen was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 1 after allegations of inappropriate conduct with a former student.

McCutchen's address on Case.net is listed as Park Hills. He came to North County from Grandview in 2002. He resigned from North County in 2008 and has been at Doniphan since. Before that he had taught at Francis Howell in St. Charles.

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