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JCPS employee arrested for groping men at gas station faces more charges

Oldham County Police say "numerous other victims" are alleging the 57-year-old man abused them. He faces several counts of sexual abuse.
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OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. — A JCPS employee accused of groping multiple men has been charged with several counts of sexual abuse.

According to a media release on Jan. 12, Oldham County Police received a report of 57-year-old Michael Mascardo, posing as a woman, approaching men in the parking lot of a gas station located on KY-22.

The media release states the victim said Mascardo approached his vehicle with a map asking for directions. While the victim tried to help, Mascardo allegedly reached into the vehicle's open window and groped the victim. He then left the parking lot after the victim took issue with his actions. 

According to a media release, at least three unreported incidents of an "identical nature" took place in the same area earlier last year. 

On Thursday, Jan. 26, Oldham County police say "numerous other victims" have come forward with similar allegations of abuse against Mascardo once news broke of his arrest.

Police say some of the victims were referred to Louisville Metro Police since the alleged incidents took place in the Metro.

The media release states once it was confirmed Mascardo was employed by JCPS, officers notified the school district's officials to make them aware of the investigation. 

Carolyn Callahan with JCPS says Mascardo has been "reassigned" and "does not have any contact with students." Officials have not confirmed exactly what school he worked for. 

The Oldham County Sherriff's Office arrested Mascardo on Jan. 9, and he was taken to Oldham County Detention Center, but he has since posted bond and is awaiting future court proceedings. 

He has been charged with a total of eight counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

The police department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incidents, or may have been a victim of similar crimes, to contact them at (502) 222-1300 or at their anonymous online tip line

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