Former teacher's aide charged with child endangerment

Cathryn Stanley

Associate Editor

A former Barnesville Exempted School District teacher's aide is facing child endangerment charges after an alleged incident at Barnesville Elementary School that originally occurred in September during the school day.

Dale Hannahs was previously an aide at Barnesville Elementary School and formerly, a bus driver for the district. Superintendent Randy Lucas said Hannahs was originally hired in 1996.

Lucas said the school received a report "that Mr. Hannahs had inappropriately moved a student form the playground to the classroom."

The district then filed a report with the Barnesville Police Department, as well as the Ohio Department of Education.

Neither school officials nor police would elaborate on the charges, but Lucas said the school immediately placed Hannahs on leave. During the course of the investigation, Hannahs retired from his job.

Lucas said that any type of allegation against a child is taken very seriously. Lucas said the district's part in the incident is over, however, they will continue to cooperate with all agencies involved if requested.

According to Belmont County prosecutor Chris Berhalter, if Hannahs is found guilty of child endangerment, he could get six months in jail and be ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Hannahs filed a not guilty plea and is expected to be arraigned in early January.