Police: Hamilton assistant principal had meth in his office

He has resigned, school district says

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A school administrator whose career seemed to be in an upward trajectory is now out of a job and facing criminal charges after police said they found meth in his office.

Hamilton police arrested Kevin Kernohan, 42, on a felony count of possession of controlled substances. He turned himself in Friday afternoon.

Kernohan was the assistant principal at Brookwood Elementary School. Police said they found the white powdery substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine, in Kernohan's office at the school.

A Hamilton City Schools spokesperson said Kernohan has resigned and is no longer an employee of the district. Also, the school board has withdrawn its offer to Kernohan to work as the summer school principal, WCPO news partner the Journal-News reported.

Kernohan remains out of jail. At an arraignment hearing Wednesday, Judge Daniel J. Gattermeyer told him he'd have to undergo periodic drug screenings while his case is pending.

He's due to be back in court June 6 at 1 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.

Police said they began investigating Kernohan after a vehicle he had rented was used in connection to a burglary on April 26. They said they he had no knowledge or involvement in the burglary, and that Kernohan is cooperating with their investigation.

School officials said no other staff members or students were connected to the drugs.

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