District records: Butler County AD on leave has prior falsification conviction

The personnel file of an area school athletic director who was ordered on leave after allegations of misconduct with a student reveals he was once convicted of a falsification charge and was kept temporarily from teaching by state education officials but later earned praise for his work as an administrator, coach and teacher.

Greg Brown, Edgewood Schools’ athletic director, was ordered on leave late last month pending an investigation into allegations he “engaged in unprofessional behavior involving a student,” according to documents first obtained through a public records request by the Journal-News.

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Brown is on paid administrative leave and banned from Edgewood Schools and school events, wrote Edgewood Schools Superintendent Russ Fussnecker. There is no active criminal investigation of Brown.

In forms he filled out with Edgewood, where he has worked for decades, Brown marked “yes” in a supplemental teaching license application to the question, “Have you ever been convicted of, found guilty of, pleaded guilty to, or pleaded no contest to any misdemeanor other than a traffic offense?”

He also checked the “yes” box to the question, “Have you ever had a criminal conviction sealed or expunged?”

In an attached document, Brown wrote, “In approximately the year of 2000 I plead guilty to a misdemeanor falsification charge at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas. I was cleared by the State Board of Education to resume teaching in approximately the year of 2001. The misdemeanor falsification charge was expunged from my record in approximately the year of 2001 or 2002.”

In an Aug. 6, 2002, letter of reference, then-Edgewood Schools Superintendent Tom York wrote, “I have known Greg Brown for the last 20 years and, in my opinion, he is an outstanding individual. He has made a mistake, but I feel he has proven that he has turned his life around.”

A review of Brown’s personnel file from working in Edgewood Schools shows almost entirely favorable reviews of his work performance.

The 52-year-old Brown, who earns $84,933 annually in the athletic director position he has held since 2016, did not respond to a message seeking his comment.

Edgewood Schools Spokeswoman Pam Pratt said, “we are unable to comment on this matter as it is under investigation.”

Brown was reprimanded last year by the high school principal after Brown was alleged to have acknowledged an instance of public drinking.

In a Jan. 23, 2018, letter from Edgewood High School Principal Doug Geygan, Brown was told the written reprimand was due to an incident cited on Dec. 9, 2017, and “on that date you acknowledged attending a bar with several Edgewood coaches and taking multiple shots of alcohol to the point of not remembering what occurred that night.

“Your actions do not align to the athletic code of conduct and standards that you promote as the director of athletics. You are in a position with much responsibility and your charge is to always be professional, promote good sportsmanship and provide a safe environment for your coaches and student athletes.

“It is my expectation that you will conduct yourself in a professional manner with all coaches and student athletes under your supervision irrespective of where you are in and out of the building, what tasks of duties you are performing or how well you may know the students.

“Failure to do so will be considered an act of insubordination resulting in escalating disciplinary consequences up to and including termination.”

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