The Dublin Board of Education has changed the venue for tonight’s meeting to a larger-capacity location.
The board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today, June 26, at the 1919 Building on the campus of John Sells Middle School, 150 W. Bridge St.
The meeting is the board’s first after federal child-pornography charges were brought against former Scioto High School teacher Gregory Lee.
District public-information officer Doug Baker said he expects some parents to attend tonight’s meeting.
“I don’t know who or how many,” Baker said.
Lee, 52, was charged with one count of producing child pornography and one count of possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography, according to a news release from the city of Dublin.
Lee had an initial appearance June 20 before U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers. She ordered him held without bail in the Franklin County jail.
The complaint, which was filed by Brett M. Peachey, a Westerville police officer assigned to the FBI task force against cyber and violent crimes, alleged that Lee had taken images of a 15-year-old girl with whom he had sex in his school classroom and sent her nude images of himself.
The FBI reported finding 234 images of the student in a USB drive recovered from Lee’s car, including 49 images depicting the girl in various stages of nudity. Some images were dated as recently as May 29. Some appeared to have been sent to the drive from his cellphone.
Sarah Gilbert, the mother of an eighth-grader at Davis Middle School and a junior at Scioto, said her family moved to Dublin four years ago from Connecticut because they knew the district would handle any student-related issues.
“Clearly, we’re finding out that this is not the case,” said Gilbert, who plans to attend tonight’s meeting.
She said she would like the district to be transparent with the community about Lee’s behavior to ensure that something similar won’t happen.
“We should all be saying what should be done,” she said.
Lee’s history of student misconduct is “unacceptable,” Gilbert said, adding that the district should consider drafting a course on setting boundaries to educate students and adults on sexual harassment.
“Let’s not give a lot of leeway here,” she said. “There shouldn’t be any.”
The district hired Lee in 1995.
This past spring, district officials referred to the Dublin Police Department an allegation that Lee might have had an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to a statement June 20 from Superintendent Todd Hoadley.
According to Lee’s personnel file, he was placed on administrative leave April 13.
Lee’s personnel file also shows previous allegations of misconduct during his 22-year tenure with the district.
In one example, the district in October 2010 suspended Lee for three days without pay, due to “misconduct with a female student, ... including inappropriate touching.”
In August 2010, Lee had removed a Scioto 10th-grader from class and had a verbal confrontation with her in the hallway, “which included touching the student on the upper chest and shoulder,” according to the personnel file.
Prior to that, Lee was suspended without pay for two days Feb. 25 and 26, 2009, related to allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a female Scioto 11th-grader, according to his file.
According to his personnel file, Lee was asked to be present for an investigative hearing Feb. 2, 2009, to discuss allegations of inappropriate behavior toward the girl. Those allegations included that Lee had offered her a gift of clothing and repeatedly offered and provided her food. Allegations also stated that Lee had stared at her “in such a manner as to make her very uncomfortable, including looking at her on multiple occasions in such a manner as to cause her to believe that you were looking or attempting to look down the top of her clothing.”
The notice of suspension, issued to him by the district Feb. 3, 2009, states: “The history of your problematic conduct towards students in going (or seeking to go) beyond appropriate teacher-student boundaries now approaches being more than isolated, separable misjudgments on your part and instead borders on demonstrating more broadly that you simply lack a baseline appreciation of the limits of a proper teacher-student relationship.”
The notice also stated the district’s executive director of human resources didn’t have evidence that Lee had physical contact or that he had entered or sought to enter into a romantic relationship with a student.
In November 2002, Lee was asked to attend an investigative hearing to discuss allegations that he had written inappropriate notes to members of the Scioto girls cross country team, had given medical advice to student athletes and had engaged in inappropriate physical contact with them, according to the personnel file. A parent alleged that he had observed Lee rubbing a topical pain-relief cream on the girls’ legs.
Lee previously coached girls cross country and girls track and field teams, according to his personnel file. He resigned from coaching positions at the end of the 2002-03 school year as a result of allegations of inappropriate behavior with female Scioto athletes, according to his file.
In 1998, Lee was given a memo from the district’s athletics director, detailing Lee’s actions as assistant track coach, according to his personnel file. According to the memo, a staff member was concerned that Lee was meeting with girls in the boys locker-room coaches office.
Steve Nolder, an attorney with Columbus-based Scott & Nolder Law Firm, is representing Lee.
Nolder said his firm is gathering facts to learn the details about the case and what the government likely could prove Lee did.
“We’re just kind of in the evaluation stage of the case,” he said.
Columbus Dispatch reporter Earl Rinehart contributed to this story.