ARDMORE, OK - The resource officer for Ardmore City Schools will be reassigned pending an investigation that he touched an underage girl inappropriately 16 years ago.
City manager J.D. Spohn confirmed that Corporal Barry Antwine will be reassigned after learning of an incident where he later admitted to inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl while he was a student at Wagoner High School in 1996.
No word yet on what his new duties will be or who will be the new school resource officer.
A statement from Ardmore schools superintendent Sonny Bates says,
"If the Ardmore Police Department determines that Corporal Antwine should be reassigned, I am confident that they will provide us with another outstanding officer to serve as our School Resource Officer."
One parent with four children in Ardmore schools said she's surprised by Antwine's past.
"It kind of made me sick in the pit of my stomach," said Kisha Williams, a mom of four boys in Ardmore schools. "Because there are a lot of kids that look to our school officials for guidance."
Antwine has also filed an EEOC complaint against the city claiming discrimination in an unrelated matter.