The Ohio Dept. of Education calls it “failing to maintain appropriate boundaries with students.”
The Fairfield County Prosecutor’s Office calls it sexual battery.
Tonight, the victim in this case says she is ready to fight back, and shared this message with The Sussi Report. “I hope I am a role model to others to find their voice.”
On Tuesday morning, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Bloom-Carroll High athletic director and former girls’ basketball coach Chad Little. The 45-year-old Little is charged with two counts of sexual battery involving former Bloom-Carroll High School basketball star Makenzee Mason. Mason, 20, is a junior guard for Bethany College in West Virginia.
The complaint filed in Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas states that from March 1, 2018, to September 20, 2020, Little engaged in sexual activity with Mason.
In 2018, Mason blew the whistle on Little and filed a complaint with the Ohio Dept. of Education (ODE). ODE investigated the allegation that Little overstepped his boundaries with Mason and determined that Little’s actions were “conduct unbecoming to the teaching profession when he failed to maintain appropriate boundaries with students.”
On September 28, 2020, Little signed a consent agreement with the Ohio Department of Education.
The State Board suspended Little’s education-related licenses for 180 days.
Little was prohibited from educating and coaching during those 180 days.
Little had to complete 24 hours of training on professional boundaries.
Little had to complete 16 hours of community service.
At that time, Mason was reluctant to explain her relationship with Little and the boundaries he crossed with the student-athlete.
Not anymore. Mason recently contacted ODE and says she is ready to tell all. On Tuesday night, Mason changed her Facebook banner, three simple words: Find your voice.
Little is being held at the Fairfield County Jail on a $350,000 bond and has his initial court appearance Wednesday morning at the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court. Bloom-Carroll Local Schools has since placed Little on administrative leave pending the outcome of this case.
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