Man attacked by northeastern superintendent cited for harassment of school board member
The man attacked by the former Northeastern School District superintendent in 2015 said he will defend himself against "baseless charges" that he harassed a school board member via text message.
Christopher Leh, 50, was issued a nontraffic citation for harassment Sept. 23, according to a court document.
Texting: When reached by phone Thursday, Oct. 6, Leh confirmed he received a citation and has been ordered to pay $294 for contacting now-former school board member Tyler Kramlick.
The citation states Leh was told to stop contacting Kramlick on Jan. 2, and that he then contacted him Sept. 23.
Leh said he will "absolutely not pay" the citation, adding Kramlick is only bringing up the harassment claim because of Leh's efforts to have Kramlick removed from the Northeastern School Board.
Leh alleges Kramlick moved out of the district in January, making Kramlick ineligible to serve on the board.
Kramlick resigned from the Northeastern school board on Friday, Sept. 22, a day before the date of the incident that led to Leh's citation.
When reached by phone Thursday evening, Northeastern school board President Margie Walker said she was unaware of the incident, but said Leh "continually complains" about matters with no merit, including Kramlick's residency, which she denies is out of the district.
"(Kramlick) owns property in the district, his mail goes to his place of residence in the district, his car is registered in the district," Walker said.
"That's what he tells me, (and) that's what I know," she said.
Minnich: Former Northeastern School District Superintendent Shawn Minnich, 45, was arrested Dec. 4, 2015, after breaking into his ex-wife Kathy Minnich's home and assaulting Leh, who is now Kathy Minnich's fiance, police have said.
Minnich pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Oct. 3, to charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats and two counts of reckless endangerment related to the Dec. 2015 incident. He was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison, plus six years of probation.
Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo said Friday, Oct. 6, that the text messages have to do, in part, with Minnich's assault.
"I know he was displeased by the way the school board handled the Minnich case," he said.
Rizzo said the department could have charged Leh with a misdemeanor, but police decided it was more appropriate to cite him.
— Staff reporter Christopher Dornblaser contributed to this report.