Ex-Northeastern superintendent's victim found guilty of harassment

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

A man assaulted by former Northeastern School District Superintendent Shawn Minnich was found guilty of harassing a former Northeastern school board member.

Chris Leh.

Christopher Leh, 50, of Manchester, was found guilty of harassment by Magisterial District Court Judge Robert Eckenrode on Monday, Oct. 30, according to court documents.

Leh was cited Sept. 23 for contacting Tyler Kramlick, a former member of the Northeastern school board, after being told not to after Jan. 2 by police.

In October, Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo said Leh's contact, made via text messages, partially had to do with his displeasure of the board's handling of Minnich.

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When reached Tuesday, Oct. 31, Leh said he plans on appealing the judgment.

He declined further comment on the court case but reiterated allegations of Kramlick changing his residency to Florida in January, which would have made Kramlick ineligible to continue on Northeastern's board.

Kramlick resigned from the board on Friday, Sept. 22, just a day before Leh's citation, citing a "career advancement" that required him to travel frequently.

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Bell Socialization Services Mental Health Director Kristin Stroup was appointed during an Oct. 17 board meeting to serve out the rest of Kramlick's term, which ends in December 2019.

When reached via telephone Tuesday, Oct. 31, Kramlick said "Justice was served," regarding the citation, adding he does not see a different judgment if Leh appealed.

"But of course, he has the right to appeal," Kramlick said.

He called Leh's allegations of changing residency and board mismanagement "baseless" and "fake news."

In addition, Kramlick criticized Leh for continuing to raise the December 2015 incident in which Leh was attacked by Minnich.

"I'm not taking away from the incident that happened — Dr. Shawn Minnich pled guilty," he said. "But it seems like Mr. Leh is the one that tries to bring this up and tries to play the victim. This does not give (Leh) the right to attack and harass people."

When reached for a response Tuesday evening, Leh responded via email stating "(I'm) not sure how having complete reconstructive surgery constitutes 'play the victim,' but I hope Mr. Kramlick is never the victim of a violent domestic crime."

Leh also said he stands by his allegations of Kramlick's change of residency.

Shawn Minnich

Minnich: Minnich, 45, was arrested Dec. 4, 2015, after breaking into estranged wife Kathy Minnich's home and assaulting Leh, police have stated.

He pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to simple assault and terroristic threat charges as well as two counts of reckless endangerment stemming from the incident.

He was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison, plus six years of probation. He must report to York County Prison by Monday, Nov. 6.

The Northeastern school board has been silent throughout the nearly two-year ordeal surrounding Minnich, but Kramlick, no longer with the school board, showed sympathy for Minnich.

"Something that didn’t even happen for five minutes shouldn’t reflect on the whole individual," he said of the former superintendent.

"People make mistakes."

Kramlick also said the school board did not act in an illegal manner by keeping Minnich employed at the district.

Minnich was suspended without pay by the school board in June 2016, six months after the incident and after a ruling by the Professional Standards and Practices Commission to revoke Minnich's educator certification.

He was ultimately dismissed by the school board later that September, though several board members expressed their disappointment in voting to do so.

When asked if he regrets not acting sooner to remove Minnich, Kramlick said, "absolutely not."

He cites Minnich's certification revocation as the appropriate time to suspend him.

"If it weren't for anonymous letters," Kramlick said, "Dr. Minnich would probably have stayed much longer (at the district)."