PA sex offender hired, then fired as school assistant principal
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - A man with a criminal record for exposing himself to women in South Carolina was briefly hired as a vice principal at a Pennsylvania high school.
Chester School District tells WPVI-TV that Freddie Dean Smith was hired by Chester High School for one day - May 2 - before district officials learned of his criminal history.
The station reported that, "a background check and records obtained by Action News show in 2002 he was found guilty of eluding police, which is a felony. And in 2001 and 2003 in two separate incidents in South Carolina he was charged with sex crimes for approaching women in two different stores, and exposing himself and touching himself in a lewd fashion."
The district issued a statement saying Smith "was only with the school district for one day as per diem assistant principal. He took part in training sessions, during which he had no unsupervised contact with students."
Smith was hired on an emergency basis after the principal left and its vice principal was promoted.
Smith couldn't be located for comment.