By a 15-3 vote, the Ohio State Board of Education has granted a state permit that will allow Jeffrey Cargile, Sr., who has been convicted of a felony, to continue coaching football at Taft High School in Cincinnati.
Cargile, who has multiple offenses on his record, including a 2003 felony conviction for abduction, has been a volunteer coach at Taft, but his association with the program would have ended if he couldn’t obtain the state permit that is required by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The OHSAA has been requiring the Certificate of Qualification for Employment or CQE since 2012.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Cargile hasn’t had an offense since leaving prison in 2005. Under the terms of the three-year permit, Cargile must undergo a criminal background check after a year and can only coach at Taft.