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York County school superintendent dismissed as assault, burglary trial approaches

A York County school superintendent accused of breaking into his estranged wife’s home and assaulting the man she was dating has been fired.  

Former Northeastern School District Superintendent Shawn D. Minnich, 44, is facing charges of aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats.

Shawn Minnich. 

Minnich had been suspended after charges were filed, and on Monday, the school board officially dismissed him, the York Daily Record is reporting.

School board solicitor Greg Gettle told the paper that Minnich had requested a hearing after his suspension, and after that hearing, the board decided to dismiss him.

The search is now on for a new superintendent, according to reports.

According to charging documents filed by the Northeastern Regional Police Department, the Dec. 4 incident occurred like this:

Police were called to the 200 block of Poplar Lane in East Manchester Township for a reported domestic disturbance in which an estranged husband, later identified as Minnich, forced his way into his wife’s home and assaulted her new boyfriend. 

When police took Minnich into custody, he told them he was only there to see his kids and he didn’t know why he forced his way inside. He told police he did not like that his estranged wife was dating another man, but he said what he did was wrong.

His wife, Kathy Minnich, and the man she was dating, Christopher Leh, told police they heard the doorbell ringing and then heard him banging on the door. The banging intensified and they went to a back room with the children.

At one point, the family dog moved the curtain, and they could see Minnich outside.

His estranged wife told him to leave, but Minnich started slamming patio furniture into the glass sliding door. One of the panes broke and Minnich came inside and assaulted Leh.

Leh told police Minnich choked him, punched him and wrestled with him, and at one point, Minnich kept asking him to shoot him.

Leh’s shoulder was injured, and he told police he was afraid Minnich was going to kill everyone inside.

Minnich’s attorney, Farley Holt, said at a hearing in June that his client intends to fight the charges.

His trial is currently scheduled for Oct. 31 before York County Judge Michael E. Bortner.

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