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Cornish arrested for beating 16-year-old

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

LANCASTER – Harold Cornish, an ex-Dallas Police Officer, was arrested by Lancaster Independent School District Police Friday, Dec. 11 after beating a 16-year-old female student at a Lancaster public school.

Cornish, a truancy officer, is a part of the Student Parent Support Services department for LISD. Anita McPar-tland, director of strategic communications and instructional technology for the district confirmed Cornish does not work for their district police department. "Lancaster ISD Police Officers were called to the school and arrested the truancy officer, he was taken to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Friday," said McPartland.

Cornish, one of three candidates who applied for an officers position in 2003 with the district, was issued proper identification before Chief at the time, Dick Headen realized he needed approval by the board of trustees.

Back in November of 2005, the board approved Cornish and paid him $21,500 as part of the settlement.

Sue Mendoza, board member voted against his hiring.

Before working for the district, Cornish was involved in multiple situations before being fired from Dallas PD on three different occasions.

A judge ruled Cornish falsely implicated two other officers, alleging that they were part of a cover-up; failed to take immediate action as a supervisor when a sexual harassment complaint was brought to his attention; and lied in internal statements to name a few.

According to reports, Cornish was acquitted of all criminal charges stemming from the 1999 incident and according to Dallas County records, his criminal record showing the charges has been expunged.

"The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation," said McPartland.


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