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By Carmen Ensinger
A candidate for the Greene County Board in the March primary has found himself in some legal trouble after an Injunctive Order was filed against him in Greene County Circuit Court for harassment.
David McGraw, who is also a teacher at North Greene High School, has filed as a candidate on the Democratic ticket for the Greene County Board.
The parents of two high school students had sought verified petitions for a Stalking No Contact Order against McGraw on Nov. 13 for allegedly harassing them over a Homecoming prank gone awry involving their sons and a goat that was taken from McGraw’s property.
However, before granting those petitions, Judge Kenneth Diehl called for a hearing. That hearing was held on Nov. 28 and both sides presented their cases.
One of the petitioners is an employee of the Greene County Courthouse, so, if the No Stalking No Contact Order had been approved, as requested, McGraw would likely have been prohibited being within 500 feet of the courthouse while the petitioner was at work.
These parents, who will only be referred to by their initials because the children are minors, are W.C. and C.H.
Per the court documents from the hearing on Nov. 28, “Both parents under direct questioning from the court said they did not respond to his written demands. The teacher (McGraw) continued to use social media to communicate with the parents.
“When it became obvious to him that they weren’t going to correspond, the teacher, as a last resort, went to the law enforcement authorities, and thereafter a multitude of third-party social media posts also ensued because word of the prank itself and the death of the goat became common knowledge in the community.
“Allegations were also made regarding how the teacher was treating the minors at school. The teacher denied those allegations, other than an incident in which he was called by a school aid to take disciplinary action against one or both minors.
“The teacher also told the court that he had been informed by his employer that the minors would need to take certain required classes from an educator other than himself and that he had no intentions of having any further communication with the minors and their parents.
“The Court finds that the Petitioners have not met their burden of proof, the Respondent (McGraw) has a plausible negating argument, and thus no Stalking No Contact Order shall be issued. However, the Court, using its equitable powers, finds that there is a need for the issuance of an Injunctive Order, to preserve the peace.”
According to the Injunctive Order, McGraw shall not: harass, abuse, stalk, intimidate, interfere with, or exploit either W.C. or C.H in any fashion. Neither shall he have contact through writing, telephone, mail, email, text messaging or through third parties or any other type of communication. Neither shall he damage or encumber or conceal or tamper with any personal or real property.
Violation of this order may lead to arrest or contempt of court. The order is valid until June 30, 2024.