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Bloom-Carroll Local School District Has History Of Hiring Sex Predators

It's been an upsetting week for Bloom-Carroll High School staff, students and parents.

On Tuesday, Fairfield County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Chad Little, the school's athletic director and former girls' varsity basketball coach. They charged him with two counts of sexual battery involving a former student-athlete.

The Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas complaint alleges that Little, 45, engaged in sexual activity from March 1, 2018, to September 20, 2020, with former basketball star MaKenzee Mason. Mason, 20, is a junior guard for Bethany College in West Virginia.

Former Bloom-Carroll softball coach Walter Lash.

But as The Sussi Report has learned, it's not the first time a Bloom-Carroll school coach has been charged with having or attempting sex with a minor.

In January of 2021, Walter Lash pleaded guilty to attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force busted the former Columbus Division of Fire employee in a sting operation. Lash believed he was hooking up with a 15-year-old girl for sex; it turned out it was a cop.

Lash coached girls' softball in the Bloom-Carroll Local School District in 2012-13, the same time Chad Little was the high school's athletic director. Lash was also a volunteer coach for Pickerington Central High's softball team in 2019.

Chad Little remains free on a $350,000 bond.

Lash, 57, remains on probation until June of 2023 and must register as a Tier II sexual offender until he's 80.

Little was released from jail Wednesday after paying 10 percent ($35,000) of his $350,000 cash surety bond. His preliminary hearing is Thursday at the Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas.

Little, whose been with Bloom-Carroll High since 2006, is on unpaid administrative leave. According to his contract, his yearly salary is $112,881.

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