Dietrick back to work after plea

By Gary Abernathy - [email protected]



Hillsboro High School’s athletic director will be back to work Friday after charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and child endangerment were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to reckless operation.

Dave Dietrick, 46, Hillsboro, was scheduled for an arraignment on Friday. But on Thursday, he pled guilty to reckless operation, according to Hillsboro Municipal Court records. Records state that Dietrick was represented by Hillsboro attorney J.D. Wagoner. Wagoner could not be immediately reached Thursday.

Hillsboro City Schools Supt. Jim Smith, who said on Wednesday that Dietrick had been placed on administrative leave, said Thursday that Dietrick would return to work on Friday.

Smith said that after the OVI and child endangerment charges were dismissed and Dietrick pled guilty to reckless operation, “he’ll be back to work tomorrow.”

Court records indicate that a $250 fine was suspended. Twenty-seven days of a 30-day jail sentence were suspended, but Dietrick’s attendance at a three-day program was ordered in lieu of jail.

Dietrick was cited after a traffic stop at 1:28 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 62 near Wendy’s. The child endangerment charge was apparently leveled because his children were in the vehicle.

Smith said Wednesday that Dietrick was beginning his ninth year as athletic director. After the initial charges were filed, Smith said assistant A.D. Darci Miles was “in charge right now” of the athletic program during Dietrick’s leave, which turned out to be short-lived.

The traffic stop was made by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


By Gary Abernathy

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