Po­lice: Teacher had sex with stu­dents

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state - By Edd Pritchard and Shane Hoover

CAN­TON — A now­sus­pended fe­male teacher told po­lice she en­gaged in sex­ual con­duct with sev­eral Can­ton McKin­ley High School stu­dents, one of whom later pres­sured her for money.

Can­ton po­lice re­leased copies of three ini­tial re­ports that of­fi­cers filed last week in re­sponse to a pub­lic-records re­quest by The Can­ton Re­pos­i­tory. The name of the teacher was redacted on the re­ports, as were the names of the stu­dents listed as vic­tims and in­ter­viewed by de­tec­tives.

As­sis­tant Stark County Pros­e­cu­tor Fred Scott said po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate sev­eral leads, and pros­e­cu­tors have been in con­tact with the teacher’s at­tor­ney. When the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted, pros­e­cu­tors will present the ev­i­dence to a grand jury and seek an in­dict­ment, Scott said. No charges have been filed.

Scott de­clined to com­ment on spe­cific de­tails of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, in­ves­ti­ga­tors learned about the sit­u­a­tion Thurs­day and in­ter­viewed the teacher that evening. Dur­ing the in­ter­view, the teacher “dis­closed en­gag­ing in sex­ual con­duct with mul­ti­ple stu­dents,” ac­cord­ing to the re­ports. Two re­ports cov­ered an in­ci­dent in which the teacher met with one stu­dent and drove him to a park, where they had sex in her ve­hi­cle.

Ac­cord­ing to a sum­mary of the in­ter­view, the teacher said she en­gaged in sex­ual con­duct with one stu­dent twice in one night. The first time, she took him to a place where they en­gaged in sex­ual con­duct in her ve­hi­cle; a few hours later, she went to the stu­dent’s res­i­dence, where they en­gaged in sex­ual con­duct in the base­ment.

She told po­lice dur­ing the week of Feb. 26 that the stu­dent con­tacted her and said he needed $180 for an­tibi­otics and she should leave money in a bag near his house. The teacher said she left $100, but the stu­dent wanted more money, in­clud­ing money for a sib­ling who had learned of their en­coun­ters.

The full in­ter­view with the teacher at the po­lice depart­ment was recorded on video, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments.

The teacher was placed on un­paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave on Fri­day and is not re­ceiv­ing pay or ben­e­fits un­til fur­ther no­tice.

One re­port states that the high school’s school re­source of­fi­cer con­tacted de­tec­tives af­ter be­ing told that a teacher — not iden­ti­fied at that point — had ad­mit­ted to school se­cu­rity of­fi­cials hav­ing “sex with sev­eral boys and they were black­mail­ing her into pay­ing money or they were go­ing to ...” The rest of the sen­tence is redacted.

School of­fi­cials told po­lice that sev­eral stu­dents dis­closed they en­gaged in sex­ual con­duct with the teacher, and some­one whose iden­tity was redacted sent a mes­sage ask­ing “you swear no one knows?” to one of the stu­dents while he was be­ing in­ter­viewed by an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

De­tec­tives in­ter­viewed one stu­dent who said a few weeks ago he was called into the teacher’s of­fice af­ter school. De­tails about what hap­pened in the of­fice are blocked. The stu­dent told po­lice that the con­ver­sa­tion with the teacher started on the so­cial me­dia app Snapchat.

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