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Cardinal High School football coach George Gresko charged with multiple felonies in grade changing investigation

The head coach has been on leave from the school district since last week.

CHARDON, Ohio — A Geauga County grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against the head football coach of Middlefield's Cardinal High School.

George Gresko is officially charged with tampering with records and unauthorized use of a computer, cable, or telecommunication property, both felonies. The Mentor native is accused of changing students' grades without the permission or knowledge of administrators.

The Cardinal Local School District placed Gresko on administrative leave last week after Middlefield police began investigating allegations of illegal grade tampering. Superintendent Bill Kermavner was the one who forwarded the allegations to detectives, and the indictment alleges the actions took place between January and April of this year across multiple classes.

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Gresko has been the Huskies' head coach since 2019, posting a record of 6-14 in two seasons. The Eastlake North High School graduate previously served as quarterbacks coach at Kenston, where he helped the Bombers win the OHSAA Division III state championship in 2018.

Wednesday evening, Cardinal Local School District Superintendent Bill Kermavner released the following statement to 3News regarding Gresko's charges: 

“The school district is aware of the criminal indictment issued today, Wednesday, June 23, against George Gresko. At this time, the district investigation continues into the conduct related to the charges against Mr. Gresko, and we are unable to comment further at this time.”

If convicted of both charges, Gresko could face up to six years in prison.

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