Patrick Sasnett, dean of students at Evergreen Elementary School in Ocala, was arrested Monday for exposing himself to a woman in his office.
Sasnett advised a student’s 44-year-old grandmother to meet in his office to discuss disciplinary issues about her grandchild, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.
Before leaving the office, the victim bent down to grab something from the floor and Sasnett said, “Look what you do to me” and exposed himself as she stood up, according to the report.
The two were in the room alone when the incident occurred.
“There were no students in this area where this supposedly happened, and there were no students behind the closed door where this supposedly happened,” said Kevin Christian, the public relations and communication officer for Marion County Public Schools. “So that’s a good thing – if there is a good thing about this whole situation.”
The victim told police that Sasnett was wearing “Carolina-blue pinstripe underwear,” the report said.
Sasnett told police that the victim was being flirtatious during the office meeting and gave him her number, which she wrote on a notepad. Sasnett said that he did play along, but did not pursue her any further, according to the report.
At the time, Sasnett was properly attired, his shirt was neat and tucked in, and no underwear was showing. When police asked Sasnett to show his underwear, they matched the victim’s description exactly, according to the report.
Sasnett turned himself into Levy County Jail around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
Sasnett was charged with exposure of sexual organs and posted his bond of $500 about two hours after turning himself in.
“This is the first incident that we have investigated involving this individual at this school,” said Lauren Lettelier, the public information officer at MCSO.
Christian said that Sasnett is on paid suspended leave, and depending on how his legal proceedings go, Sasnett will go on either unpaid suspended leave or be fired. This is a decision the school board will make.
“We have 6,000 employees, and we really want to believe that all of our employees do everything right every day,” Christian said. “But unfortunately, that’s not always the case.”