Fairmont, charter school latest with investigations about sex crimes

A Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher faces informal charges of sexual battery after school officials became aware Wednesday morning of allegations of a possible inappropriate relationship with a male student.

The arrest of Madeline J. Marx, 23, comes days after a North Dayton School of Discovery charter school employee was placed on leave while Dayton police investigate claims of sexual misconduct.

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Kettering City Schools Superintendent Scott Inskeep said a student made administration aware of a possible inappropriate relationship between Marx and a male student.

“Immediately, the administration began to investigate and also called Kettering police, who very quickly brought in a detective,” Inskeep said. “We have a full-time resource officer at the high school also, and they began their investigation.”

Marx was physically removed from the school Wednesday.

A Kettering Police Department incident report says the teacher was involved with students.

This news organization has requested Marx’s school personnel files, related Kettering police reports and any court documents as they become available.

Marx graduated from Chaminade Julienne High School and was awarded a BS in Education in 2016 from the University of Dayton, according to CJ and UD officials.

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Inskeep said Marx acted as a substitute teacher last school year and so far this fall. State records indicated Marx has a four-year teaching license.

On Friday, Renaldo O’Neal, principal of North Dayton School of Discovery, a charter school at 3901 Turner Road in Harrison Twp., alerted parents about allegations involving a an employee.

“Given the nature of these allegations, we have reached out to the parents of two students and to local legal authorities, who began an investigation,” O’Neal stated in an email. “We have begun our own internal investigation, and, as part of that process we immediately placed this staff member on administrative leave.”

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This news organization is not naming the charter school employee, because no criminal charges have been filed.

Relatives of an eighth-grader at the school said the girl was sexually assaulted in her own Dayton home a few weeks ago by the male school employee.

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Inskeep said there wasn’t anything in Marx’s history that raised a red flag for Kettering school officials.

“Students are safe and I think this situation is one that, unfortunately, is recurring today and you hear about it more and more,” Inskeep said. “We do everything we can. We’ve done the background checks, we do training. We do everything we can to ensure that it’s safe. …

“And, when people make choices, and they choose to make them, when we become aware of them, then we will remove those people and not have them around our students. And that’s exactly what we’ve done here.”


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