Principal accused of sexual misconduct found dead

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Police say a Springfield charter school principal who killed himself Thursday is under investigation for sexual misconduct allegations involving a minor.

The Register-Guard reports Michael Fisher was placed on leave from the Academy of Arts and Academics Wednesday, prompting an hour-long lockdown at the school.

Springfield Police Lt. Scott McKee said Friday the lockdown was a result of Fisher attempting to buy a gun at a nearby pawn shop.

Police say Fisher was found dead Thursday by his wife in the garage of their home. Police say he did not die by firearm.

Fisher had been principal at the charter school since 2005.

The investigation is ongoing.

McKee says the female victim, who is now an adult, lives out of state and recently came forward with the allegations.