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Former assistant superintendent gets year’s probation in video voyeurism case

By Jeff Gallatin

NORTH OLMSTED

A former assistant superintendent of the North Olmsted City Schools was sentenced Wednesday to a year’s probation for using a video camera to look up the dresses of five women at a festival in Florida in late September.

Albert Douglas Sebring, 64, of North Ridgeville, known to most as Doug Sebring while he worked in the North Olmsted City Schools from 1984 through 2010, was given the sentence Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court in Florida. He also was ordered to do 30 hours of community service and get psychological counseling.

With news of the sentence, a North Olmsted school district official said he doesn’t expect the school to change its orders to Sebring to stay away from district schools and children.

“We’re aware that he was sentenced in the judicial system in Florida,” Terry Krivak, interim superintendent for the North Olmsted schools, said Friday. “We’re reviewing the situation, but as of right now, I don’t see where we would change our position on this.”

After news of Sebring’s arrest came to the northern Ohio area, the district sent him a certified letter notifying him to stay off school properties and to not have any contact with district students.

The sentence stemmed from a Sept. 29 incident in which Ocala, Fla., police said Sebring was seen videotaping up a woman’s skirt by her husband. When officers confronted Sebring, he gave up the video camera. When officers checked its contents, they found video footage of five women, showing private areas underneath their garments. Police found the women, all of them indicating they had not given permission for Sebring to obtain the footage. Ocala police officials said Sebring had told them he had recently purchased a retirement home in that area.

While in the northern Ohio area, Sebring was assistant superintendent of the North Olmsted City Schools from 1988 to 2010. He was initially hired by the district in 1984 to coordinate the gifted education program. He served as an interim superintendent in 2003.

In addition, he was active in a variety of school, chamber of commerce and other community events. He frequently was seen utilizing a video camera at many of those events.

Sebring could not be reached for comment.

 

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