Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Deputy accused of advances

By Sheila McLaughlin smclaughlin@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A Warren County deputy who taught drug intervention to elementary students made sexual remarks to 16 female teachers in three school districts and touched two of them, an internal investigation concluded.

        A report, released to The Cincinnati Enquirer Monday, said that teachers at Columbia, Pennyroyal and Waynesville elementary schools had accused Deputy Michael Krznarich.

        Comments were sometimes made in the presence of students, prompting one parent to complain to the school, the report said.

        Two teachers complained that Deputy Krznarich came up behind them and stood so close that body contact was unavoidable when they turned around. One said he pulled up the strap of her jumper and another said he touched her head and shoulder.

        A memo by Col. Del Everett charged Deputy Krznarich with rules violations, including unbecoming conduct and lying during the investigation.

        The investigation began in February when a teacher at Columbia Elementary in Deerfield Township told another Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer about Deputy Krznarich's behavior. Deputy Krznarich, 34, is a 12-year veteran. He faces a disciplinary hearing April 30 to decide if he will be counseled, suspended or fired, Sheriff Tom Ariss said.

        Deputy Krznarich could not be reached.


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