Belpre High principal charged

BELPRE — The Belpre High School principal was arrested last week on charges of domestic violence.

Samuel Pepper, 51, of 714 Tuttle St., Belpre, was arrested Sept. 3 and charged with one count of domestic violence and one count of unlawful restraint.

According to an affidavit of facts filed in Marietta Municipal Court, Pepper was arrested after his wife called police to report she was being held against her will by her husband.

Pepper was accused of repeatedly shoving his wife, restraining her and preventing her from leaving the home. According to the affidavit, both Pepper and his wife presented similar stories, though neither appeared to have any injuries, the affidavit said.

Pepper was hired June 27 by Belpre City Schools as principal. Pepper has worked in education for 27 years.

According to the affidavit, Pepper and his wife were married July 22.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled Sept. 26 in Marietta Municipal Court.

Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley said in a written statement Monday officials would not comment on the arrest. Pepper has continued to work as principal since being charged.

“We don’t have a comment about it given it’s still an open investigation,” Greenley said, “but we are closely monitoring the case.”

Michael Erb can be reached at merb@newsandsentinel.com.