Lima Schools parts way with Greg Simpson

By Sam Shriver -

Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson

LIMA — Lima schools have parted ways with Greg Simpson, a former Mr. Basketball in Ohio.

Simpson pleaded guilty in February to a third-degree charge of tampering with a record. A second tampering with a record charge was dismissed as part of a deal with prosecutors.

In July, Simpson was ordered to serve a 30-day jail sentence, 80 hours of community service, and be on probation for four years.

Simpson was employed by Lima schools as a Campus Protection Officer.

A resolution approved unanimously by the Lima school board Monday night indicated that “Simpson has demonstrated that he is not capable of effectively performing the functions and duties required of a Campus Protection Officer when he provided falsified drivers’ education certificates to Lima City School students and was subsequently arrested and ultimately sent to jail for this offense in July 2020.”

Simpson was given an opportunity to meet with Superintendent Jill Ackerman along with his union representatives to discuss his conduct.

During his sentencing in July, Simpson addressed the court apologizing for the “poor judgment” he exercised.

“I know what I did was wrong,” he told the judge. “I’m asking you to be allowed to help the community, to use my experiences —and my poor choices —to be a voice for my community.”

This wasn’t the first time Simpson has been in trouble.

He was kicked off basketball teams at Ohio State and West Virginia for run-ins with the law. A hit and run accident got him kicked off the Mountaineer State basketball team.

In 2007, Simpson was arrested in Logan County on drug trafficking charges along with charges of driving under suspension, speeding and failing to notify an officer he was carrying a concealed weapon. The drug and weapon charges were eventually dismissed.

Simpson was also arrested on domestic abuse charges after an incident at Cedar Point in 1996. Before going to jail, he skipped three sentencing hearings.

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By Sam Shriver

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