Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Warren deputy accused in school sex case quits

By Sheila McLaughlin, smclaughlin@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A school resource officer accused of making sexual remarks to students at the Warren County Career Center resigned Monday before learning what discipline he would face.

        Shawn Bray is one of two Warren County sheriff's deputies who were scheduled for administrative hearings today involving accusations that they sexually harassed teachers or students in schools where they worked and then lied to their superiors about it.

        A recent internal investigation charged that Mr. Bray, 29, had suggested that two female students make a video for him of them having sex together, that he called a group of 10th-graders “new meat for next year,” and that he made public comments about a female student's anatomy.

        He also was accused of sending e-mails to students, writing passes for students to get out of class or leave school early, and of disclosing to a student that he was about to arrest another student later that day.

        Mr. Bray was placed on paid administrative leave in March, shortly after sheriff's officials began investigating allegations against him and Deputy Mike Krznarich, a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer in Kings, Wayne and Franklin school districts.

        Deputy Krznarich, 34, is accused by 16 teachers at Columbia, Waynesville and Pennyroyal elementary schools of making sexual remarks and of inappropriately touching two of them.

        As of Monday evening, he still was scheduled for an administrative hearing today. A decision about his discipline may be made by the end of the week, sheriff's officials said.


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