COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a former Henry County teacher convicted in 2019 on charges of impropriety with high school students.

On Feb. 2, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its case announcements and opted not to hear the appeal of Randy Burke.

“Once the (Henry County Common Pleas) Court gets the case back, the judge will order Mr. Burke to begin his sentence,” said Henry County Prosecutor Gwen Howe-Gebers.

Burke was found guilty on one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and two counts of sexual imposition, third-degree misdemeanors.

The victims were female cross country athletes, who were on the team while Burke was their coach.

He was sentenced to five years of community control and 180 days incarceration at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO) with work release, as well as being registered as a Tier I sex offender.

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