Saturday, April 20, 2002

Resource officers facing sex charges

By Sheila McLaughlin,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Two Warren County deputies who work in the schools are on paid leave while sheriff's officials investigate allegations that they sexually harassed teachers or students.

        Sheriff Tom Ariss said Friday that he expects the investigations of deputies Michael Krznarich, 34, and Shawn Bray, 29, to conclude sometime next week.

        Complaints about the two surfaced about two months ago, he said.

        Deputy Bray is accused of making suggestive remarks and of inappropriately touching a female student at the Warren County Career Center, where he has worked as a school resource officer for two years.

        “It was inappropriate, but not a sexual touch,” Sheriff Ariss said.

        Deputy Krznarich, a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor in Franklin, Waynesville and Kings schools, is accused of making suggestive remarks to female teachers in each district.

        While the 12-year veteran also teaches DARE at St. Margaret of York in Deerfield Township, there were no allegations from that school, Sheriff Ariss said.

        He said the accusations against Deputy Krznarich surfaced in Kings schools, and more teachers came forward after sheriff's officials conducted interviews.


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