Ex-Hamilton assistant principal appears in court on drug charge


A former Hamilton Schools assistant principal charged with felony drug abuse was arraigned Wednesday in Hamilton Municipal Court, where he was released on his own recognizance.

MORE: Illegal drugs found in Hamilton elementary assistant principal’s office, district says

Kevin Kernohan, 42, of Monroe, is scheduled to be back in court June 6 for a preliminary hearing.

Judge Dan Gattermeyer said he would continue the own recognizance bond on the fifth-degree felony, but ordered Kernohan to undergo drug screenings.

Kernohan appeared with his attorney Matt Fritsch. Both declined comment when leaving the courtroom.

MORE: Butler County father sentenced for 1-year-old son’s drug death

According to court documents, Kernohan told Hamilton police he used “meth” with a person he lent his vehicle, and that vehicle was later involved in a burglary and arson.

That admission led to a felony drug charge against Kernohan, according to documents obtained by the Journal-News. He turned himself into police at 12:45 p.m. May 11, was booked and released.

A school resource officer searched Kernohan’s office on May 10 and found “a white crystal like substance” that tested positive as crystal methamphetamine “inside the middle right hand drawer” of a desk, according to court documents.

The search of his desk at Brookwood Elementary School, for “safety reasons,” came after Hamilton police interviewed Kernohan on April 27 about his vehicle’s involvement in a burglary and arson, police said

“During this interview he admitted he does crystal meth with the person he gave the vehicle to,” according to court documents.

MORE: Insanity plea for Trenton man charged with child sex, pornography

Kevin Kernohan was assistant principal at Brookwood Elementary until he was placed on paid leave on April 30. Then on May 4 officials removed his paid leave status and ordered him to take his accumulated sick leave instead.

Kernohan was also previously appointed to be the summer school principal at Highland Elementary, but earlier this month the Hamilton Board of Education rescinded that job offer by unanimous vote.

Kernohan resigned from his job, which had an annual salary of $68,368, on May 10.

Prior to joining Hamilton Schools, Kernohan worked for the Butler County Education Service Center from 2012-2014 as its Progress Program principal.

He is a graduate of Fairfield High School, Miami University and the University of Cincinnati.

He worked for Cincinnati Public Schools’ Project Grad program from 2003-2012.

And in 2009 he worked part-time as a Lakota West High School junior varsity boys basketball coach.




Next Up in Local

WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Flash Flood Watch until 6 a.m.; possible passing shower, storm
WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Flash Flood Watch until 6 a.m.; possible passing shower, storm

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE— A Flash Flood Watch is effect until 6 a.m. for the following counties: Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene, and Warren.  Partly sunny, warm, and muggy again with the chance for a few passing showers or storms for the day. Severe weather threats remain low, however, areas south and east of Dayton could see strong...
Cincinnati State to launch avionics technician program in Middletown

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Middletown will launch an avionics technician training program this fall. The new program will be announced Tuesday at the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees meeting at Cincinnati State Middletown at 3:15 p.m. The city of Middletown and MADE are investing $72,000 for the avionics lab, according...
8-year-old expected to make full recovery after RTA bus crash
8-year-old expected to make full recovery after RTA bus crash

Eight-year old Eric Caldwell is out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery after being critically injured in a bus crash involving multiple vehicles in March. Caldwell and his brother, seven-year-old Emmanuel, were not wearing seat belts while riding in the back of a 1998 Cadillac Deville when it hit an RTA bus traveling northbound on...
After talk of removal, Centerville retains cross country coach
After talk of removal, Centerville retains cross country coach

After word got out to several parents and teachers that a “minority voice in the community” wanted the school board to oust veteran girls cross country coach David Dobson, a strong majority appeared Monday night at the board’s meeting to show support for his tenure. Centerville’s girls cross country team has won four consecutive...
Driver reportedly trapped in semitrailer crash in Logan County
Driver reportedly trapped in semitrailer crash in Logan County

Deputies and a medic unit are on the scene of a semitrailer crash that left the driver trapped and forced the shutdown of state Route 292 north of West Mansfield in Logan County. The driver's condition is not known.  The accident was dispatched about 9:45 p.m. as a motor vehicle crash at state Route 292 and County Road 50, north and east of Bellefontaine...
More Stories