According to NBC News, a “former Ohio gym teacher has been accused of molesting more than two dozen first-grade girls, a prosecutor said [on June 17]. [The former teacher] was indicted on 36 counts of gross sexual imposition after being captured more than a 100 times on school surveillance tapes with his hands up the skirts or shirts of the girls, or with them straddling his lap, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell alleges. ‘We were able to identify 88 female first-grade students who had some type of physical interaction with [the former teacher],’ Fornshell said during a press conference. ‘His focus definitely was on the little girls.‘” The footage that allegedly implicated the former teacher “was on surveillance video from the Clearcreek Elementary School gymnasium between December 2018 and March 2019.” It was further reported that the former teacher “was placed on administrative leave March 8 after a parent called the Springboro schools and reported inappropriate touching, Fornshell said. He submitted a letter of resignation March 12 when the criminal investigation was underway. . . . [He] has also resigned from his post as a swimming coach at the Coffman YMCA in Springboro, Fornshell said.”
According to Fox 8, at the time of the incidents, “Fornshell said [the former teacher] was employed by the Springboro Community City Schools as a physical education teacher at Clearcreek Elementary and Springboro Intermediate. Though he is accused of touching 88 of the first graders inappropriately, a grand jury only returned an indictment for 28 of the students, leading to the 36-count indictment. The prosecutor did not elaborate on the reason the grand jury only returned indictments for 28 of the 88 students, but said it may have been due to the way each of the girls was touched. He says it was up to the grand jury to determine what was inappropriate contact and what was criminal contact. [The former teacher] taught first and sixth grade at both Clearcreek Elementary and Springboro Intermediate over the past school year. Before that, he was a substitute teacher in the school district.”
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