By Jeff Gallatin
NORTH OLMSTED – A former longtime assistant superintendent of the North Olmsted school district could receive up to five years in prison on charges stemming from a Sept. 29 incident in which he allegedly used a video camera to record footage underneath five women’s dresses.
Albert “Doug” Sebring, 64, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Nov. 27 in Marion County (Fla.) Common Pleas Court on five counts of video voyeurism, a third-degree felony. He is currently free on $10,000 bond. Ocala police allege he had recorded video footage up women’s skirts during Crafttoberfest activities in that city.
Police said a husband of one of the victims pointed out the alleged activity to Ocala police, who questioned Sebring and then asked for the video camera. Sebring turned it over and police Sgt. Chas Maier said officers found the video footage of the five women. All five women told police they had been unaware of what Sebring was doing. Maier indicated the Sebring told officers he had purchased a home in The Villages, a well known retirement community located about 25 miles south of Ocala.
When contacted, Sebring said his attorney has advised him not to talk about the incident at the current time, but said he would tell his side of the story at a later date.
Sebring had been employed by the North Olmsted City Schools since 1984, and had been appointed assistant superintendent in 1988, a post he held until his retirement in 2010. He also was active in a wide range of school and community activities in North Olmsted, and was frequently seen videotaping many events.
North Olmsted City Police notified school district officials Oct. 12 of the allegations. Because of the nature of the charges, Sebring was sent a certified letter the same day by the North Olmsted School District advising him not to be in school buildings or on school grounds. Pending the outcome of the case, he also was told to have no contact with students.
Terry Krivak, acting superintendent of the North Olmsted School District, said the district has taken appropriate action, given the nature of the charges.
“These kind of steps would be routine in any district given those charges,” he said.
Krivak said the district has not taken any phone calls about similar alleged activities by Sebring since the incident came to light in Ohio.
North Olmsted Police Chief Jamie Gallagher said his department is also monitoring the situation.
“We’ve had no one contact our department or make any allegations of similar activities here,” Gallagher said. “We have been in contact with the Florida authorities about the situation as well and have reviewed information from that department.”
Gallagher said the department also had not ever received any allegations about alleged criminal activities by Sebring prior to the Florida incident.
Gallagher said if the situation warrants it, his department would look into any allegations in North Olmsted if they arise.
North Ridgeville police officials reiterated North Olmsted officers comments, saying they have had no reports in their city either.
Maier said the Ocala investigation into the charges has concluded.