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Did Pickerington Local School District Protect Students From Accused Sex Offender?

Updated: Feb 17

The 15-year-old son of Lancaster High School Principal Scott Burre is charged with sexually assaulting the five-year-old son of a former Lancaster City School District teacher and assistant varsity football coach.

Lancaster High School Principal Scott Burre

Fairfield County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Brown-Thompson told The Sussi Report, "Our office does not comment on ongoing prosecutions. As this matter is currently awaiting disposition in the Fairfield County Juvenile Court, our office will not be issuing any type of statement at this time."


We did manage to get a copy of the incident report from the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office.


According to the report, the alleged sexual assault happened on August 7, 2021 at the home of Lancaster High School assistant football coach Mont Goss, a party for the football team, staff, and faculty. About 40 to 50 people attended the event, according to the report.


During the party, some of the children ran off and played hide and seek. The victim and suspect, who was 14 at the time, hid behind a bush; the suspect pulled down the boy's swim trunks and molested him, according to the report. The boy immediately told his parents what had happened.


Around 8 p.m., while still at the party, the victim's parents called the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office. According to the report, the suspect's family left before deputies arrived. Deputies took possession of the five-year-old's "Batman swim trunks" and a swim shirt.


The Sussi Report learned that the 15-year-old was also accused of sexually harassing a seven-year-old boy on January 13 on a school bus and sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl on June 9, 2021, at the Huntington Hills Recreation Club. The girl's father said that "the situation is being handled."


The alleged teen sex offender attended Pickerington High School North as of January. Pickerington Local School District Superintendent Chris Briggs, assistant superintendents Dr. Heather Hedgepeth and Alesia Gillison, or the District's Board members, have not responded to our questions regarding the incidents on the school bus and at the swimming pool.


Nor has the District answered our questions like following the two incidents; what steps did the District take to address them? What steps, if any, did the District take to protect students? And is any of this related to why the District placed Pickerington High School North principal Mark Ulbrich on administrative leave on January 28?


The Sussi Report will continue to follow this story.


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