School janitor sentenced for cutting brake lines on student’s car

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PERRY TOWNSHIP, OH - The janitor who was caught on video cutting the brake lines of a student's car has pleaded no contest to the charges.

The video above is from Perry High school in Stark County's Perry Township on April 24. Police said it shows 49-year-old David Patron, a janitor at Edison Middle School, pulling into the parking lot and cutting the brake lines on a car belonging to a 16-year-old high school student. Perry Township police said there was a personality class between the student and one of Patron's relatives.

The teen told police that after leaving school on that day, his brake light came on. He said he had to press the pedal hard in order to get the car to stop. No one was hurt.

Today, Patron plead no contest and was found guilty of criminal damaging. He was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, ordered to pay $830 in restitution and $250 in court costs. In addition, Patron was sentenced to 180 days in jail, all but 33 of those were suspended. Of those, 30 will be spent on house arrest and only three will be served in jail, beginning August 9th.

He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and was banned from any of the Perry Local School's properties.

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