Additional charges

Former Napoleon High School teacher and coach Randy Burke (left) appeared in Henry County Common Pleas Court Monday morning with his attorney, Scott Coons (right). Two more sexual imposition charges were added to the 10 facing Burke when he goes to trial Aug. 5.

A former Napoleon High School teacher and coach facing sexual imposition charges had two more counts added to what he is facing.

Randy Burke, 56, of Hamler, appeared in Henry County Common Pleas Court Monday morning and was informed he had been charged with one count of gross sexual imposition, which carries up to an 18 month sentence in the Ohio Department of Corrections and up to a $5,000 fine. It is a felony of the fourth degree.

He was also charged with sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to 60 days in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and a fine of up to $500.

Burke also could be designated as a sex offender if found guilty on either charge.

He entered not guilty pleas on both charges, and also agreed to have them added to the six counts of gross sexual imposition and four counts of sexual imposition he already faces.

The new charges stem from an additional alleged victim and are not part of the original charges brought against him.

A jury trial has been set for Aug. 5. Burke’s bond conditions remained as previously stated, including no contact with the alleged victims nor any contact with any members of the Napoleon cross country team.

After sexual harassment complaints were filed against him, Burke was placed on paid administrative leave from all teaching and coaching duties by the school district Sept. 21 and he was then suspended without pay after the indictment in November. Burke resigned from his teaching and coaching positions, as well as a high school fitness supervisor supplemental contract, on April 15. He was employed by the district for 28 years.

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