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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D) announced Friday his office will audit the Fairfield Area School District in Adams County early next year.

The audit comes after School Board President Brad Rigler’s resignation earlier this month. Parents complained about videos he posted on YouTube.

Rigler has his own YouTube channel titled “The Rigler Report.” His username — CrackRocKid. It’s the content of the content of the videos that had parents outraged. In more than 150 videos posted since 2007, Rigler shares his views on a variety of topics, mainly politics. In an August 2009 video titled, “Congress’ Hollow Apology” Rigler says, “Slavery was a crucial component in creating the agricultural infrastructure which feeds this country today and which feeds a good portion of the world. Is Congress expressing regret for that?”

In his announcement Friday, DePasquale referenced possible criminal activity in the district.

The following is the news release his office sent Friday:

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued the following statement about concerns raised by residents in the Fairfield Area School District, Adams County: “After hearing a significant outcry from concerned residents in the Fairfield Area School District and a discussion with my audit team, we will begin a comprehensive audit of the district in early 2015. “I take citizens concerns very seriously and we will review all of the facts during the audit. Unfortunately, the Department of the Auditor General does not have legal authority to intervene in school district activities prior to an audit because we must remain unbiased in the process. “I encourage residents of any school district who may have evidence of criminal actions to not wait for an audit. They should immediately contact the district attorney’s office or other law enforcement agencies.”