Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Ex-teacher/coach sentenced

He had bogus state certificate

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — The former girls varsity basketball coach at Lemon-Monroe High School was sentenced Monday to perform 200 hours of community service for using a fake state teaching certificate.

        Greg D. Brown said nothing during the Butler County Common Pleas Court hearing as Judge Patricia Oney pronounced his sentence.

        The judge gave Mr. Brown, 32, of Trenton, a six-month suspended jail sentence. She said he would not have to serve any time if he performs the 200 hours of community service.

        The community service will involve tutoring struggling students, she said.

        “This is an unusual case,” Judge Oney said.

        The judge also fined him $500 and ordered him to pay any restitution owed to Madison School District. A hearing on restitution will occur on May 22.

        Mr. Brown pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of fal sification on Feb. 28.

        Mr. Brown is an Edgewood High School and Miami University graduate with a degree in teaching.

        But he apparently failed one section of the National Teachers Exam, a test required for certification, Mad ison school officials have said.

        Madison officials discovered that his state teaching certificate was phony during a routine check.

        After being confronted with the allegation by school officials, he resigned from his teaching position at Madison Junior High School on Feb. 4.

        Mr. Brown resigned from his coaching job Feb. 9, two days after his team won a Mid-Miami League division title with an overtime victory at Franklin.

        Mr. Brown and his attorney, Paris Ellis, declined to comment after Monday's hearing.

        The Madison School District is on spring break this week, and school officials were unavailable for comment.


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