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Parents of victim file lawsuit against parents of Pickerington student sex offender

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Two weeks after the principal of Pickerington High School North resigned following an investigation into a student sex offender, a lawsuit is blaming the offender’s parents.

Principal Mark Ulbrich resigned in March after investigators determined he had failed to properly implement a safety plan to allow the offender to return to school.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday names the parents of the sex offender.

Their son, now 15, is currently on probation for raping an eight-year-old girl in June and a five-year-old boy in August. The complaint was filed by the parents of the five-year-old child.

He accuses the teenager of assaulting their child, and his parents of being negligent for allowing this to happen. The complaint says the parents were aware of what their son had been up to two months prior, but still allowed him to be around other young children.

Sean Alto, plaintiffs’ attorney, sent NBC4 Investigates the following statement:

“Although the juvenile sex offender was convicted for his crimes, his parents…were not held accountable for their inexcusable failure to protect innocent children from their son’s continued criminal behavior. The parents were well aware of their son’s past actions and the risks he posed to other children when not closely supervised. Nevertheless, they gave him all the access and freedom he needed to reoffend. Adult responsibility, in this case, is just and necessary.

Within two weeks of the teenager returning to Pickerington High School North in January, he reportedly offered a third elementary-aged child on the school bus. This case is still pending.