A former Tecumseh Local Schools guidance counselor who is a Tier III sex offender decided to stop helping a parents’ group in the district last weekend after her victim’s father complained to the superintendent and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Kristin Mastin was sentenced to five years probation in 2011 after she pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery after having sex with a 16-year-old student.
The Springfield News-Sun does not typically identify victims of sexual abuse.
The victim’s father contacted Superintendent Norm Glismann, Assistant Superintendent Paula Crew and sheriff deputies last week after he said he discovered Mastin was volunteering. He was told by the district and Deputy Adrienne Trego that Mastin was not violating any laws or her probation.
He then turned to social media and “warned” Tecumseh parents.
“They are allowing admitted/convicted Tier 3 sex offenders volunteer inside the schools on a regular basis,” the victim’s father wrote on Facebook. He said it had happened “hush hush with no notification to parents at all (which is appalling )!”
The victim’s father sad he does not want another family to have to go through the “pain and anguish” that his family did.
“I still have a child in school and it is beyond me that she might have to come face to face in those hallways with the pedophile that turned our family upside down!” the victim’s father wrote.
When asked by the News-Sun about the incident, Glismann issued the following statement:
“The Tecumseh Local School District is committed to ensuring a safe environment for all of our students and takes that responsibility seriously.
“Athletic activities are public events. As a parent, Mrs. Mastin is permitted to attend public events involving her children and has been part of the team dinners that take place prior to the events. During these events, she has had no unsupervised contact with any minors.
“She is not permitted to volunteer in any capacity with the school district and is not an approved volunteer. The board does not vote on attendance at public events, such as athletic games.
“The board is aware of a recent concern brought to the district about Mrs. Mastin’s attendance at athletic events,” Glismann said.
Trego said she discussed the reaction from parents with Mastin, who later informed Trego that she would quit her role with the parents’ group.
Mastin will continue to attend games as a spectator.
Tier III sex offenders must register with the county sheriff every 90 days for life. In addition, they must register any change of residential address, place of employment, or enrollment in a school or institution of higher education.
Tier III includes charges of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition.