Sentinel High School principal pleads not guilty to partner-family member assault charges

Sentinel High School principal Ryan Rettig pleaded not guilty in Missoula Municipal Court on Friday to misdemeanor charges of partner or family member assault regarding an incident that occurred in January.

Rettig was released without bail on his own recognizance following the court appearance on the conditions that he would have no “angry contact” with the survivor of the assault.

Missoula County Public Schools has placed Rettig on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“On Friday, April 1, we were made aware of criminal charges filed against Sentinel Principal Ryan Rettig,” the district wrote in a statement. “We understand the nature of these charges relate to an alleged domestic disturbance involving Principal Rettig. As with all criminal charges, the district takes this issue seriously and will be completing an investigation.”