A primary school caretaker has been found guilty of attacking a group of teenagers.
Karl Lucas, 27, of Manor Fields, Horsham, who is employed as a premises officer at the Three Bridges Primary School, Gales Drive, was involved in an attack on five teenagers.
West Sussex County Council has stressed Lucas is not currently at work.
Sussex Police said at about 5pm on July 12 last year a group of teenagers, aged 18, 18, 16, 16 and 16, were attacked by two men as they walked in Manor Fields Park, Horsham.
The men tried to grab the teenagers’ football and cricket bat after confronting them. The two 18-year-old victims were each punched during the incident. One suffered minor cuts but the other was not injured.
The attackers left with the cricket bat.
Karl Lucas, 27, and Ben Lucas, 24, of Denne Road, Horsham, pleaded guilty to affray when they appeared at Lewes Crown Court on June 22.
They were both ordered to do 100 hours of community service and made to pay costs, £100 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.
Karl was made to pay £500 costs and Ben was made to pay £300.
A spokesperson for WSCC said: “We can confirm that Karl Lucas is employed as a Premises Officer at Three Bridges Primary School, however we would like to stress he is not currently at work.
“Since the incident occurred the county council and the school have implemented all of the appropriate internal policy and procedures to investigate this situation and at all times the school has followed advice given by the County Council.
“An assessment of the situation was made when Mr Lucas disclosed the offence. As the information we received indicated that his victim was an adult and the offence occurred in his private life and was in no way connected to the school, we concluded that he did not pose a risk of harm to children.
“The safety of children at the school has always been of the utmost importance and we would like to assure parents that the appropriate action will be taken to conclude this matter through the school’s appropriate policy.”
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