John Buehner sitting in court on oct. 10 waiting to appear before a judge on Oct. 10.
Charles Lauron during a Sept. 26, 2011 court appearance
North Oldham Middle School in Goshen where Lauron's child was enrolled.
John Buehner appearing before a judge on Oct. 10.
LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) - The crackdown on address fakers continues for the Oldham County Public School system. Monday, a second parent was hauled into court on criminal charges. As I learned, the Oldham County Schools might just be getting started and more parents could be getting arrested.
John Buehner is getting a lesson in criminal justice at the hands of the Oldham County school system. Buehner is facing felony theft charges for allegedly enrolling his son in Oldham County Middle School while living in Jefferson County. He is the second parent in the past two months criminally charged with using a fake address to get into Oldham County schools.
Assistant Superintendent Dan Orman said tips have flooded his office since the well publicized arrest of Louisville resident Charles Lauron.
"We don't go looking for these cases," Orman said.
Lauron is accused of using a fake address for the past 8 years to get his son into school. Monday, Orman said three more families could be charged by the end of the week.
According to Orman, 25 families with 38 children remain under investigation by Oldham County Public Schools which is seen by some as a more desirable school district than surrounding areas like Jefferson County.
"Many people make judgments about Jefferson County Public Schools without ever having set foot in them," said Orman, a former JCPS principal. "And I know so many of the people who work there that families need to give Jefferson County Public Schools a chance when they live in Jefferson County."
Buehner, who was allegedly living near the Louisville airport when the school year began, has had trouble with Oldham County Schools in the past. Records obtained by the WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Department reveal from that between 2003 and 2006 while he and his wife were actually living in Oldham County, Buehner faced criminal charges five times under truancy laws for failure to send his son to school.
Now Buehner is in front of a judge again, but this time for allegedly lying to get his son into a school district that says it's protecting its classrooms by hauling parents into courtrooms.
Buehner and his attorney would not comment after the court hearing. The theft charge stems from the taxpayer money spent to educate his child for the first 32 days of the school year, which the district calculates at about $600. OCPS said the number is more than $26,000 in Charles Lauron's case.
We're told Lauron has now pulled his child out of Oldham County Schools. Buehner's son has been allowed to stay because he OCPS is told he recently moved into the home he was using on the school forms.
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