We now know why a former Centerville High School teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a student did not show up in court a second time.
Samuel Glenn, who is charged with sexual battery, has been missing court because he joined the U.S. Army after losing his teaching job.
Glenn, 29, was due for arraignment two weeks ago, and then Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven Dankof’s courtroom.
He was indicted Jan. 2 for what Centerville police said was an illegal but “consensual sexual relationship” with an 18-year-old female student between Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, 2017.
The district placed him on leave in May 2017 after receiving information of a possible sexual relationship with a student. Glenn — a 2007 Centerville High School graduate who won a Fulbright Award while earning a master’s degree at the University of Dayton — submitted his resignation a few days later.
Centerville police investigated but did not seek charges then. However, they obtained new information and prosecutors approved a charge of sexual battery against him early this year.
Glenn was scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 17 but didn’t how up. Dankof delayed the case two weeks.
Glenn’s lawyer filed a motion to enter a written plea of not guilty. He said Glenn “is not a resident of the state of Ohio and is currently active duty military.”
Centerville police would not discuss the case Thursday, but did confirm that Glenn has joined the military. His arrest report indicates his employer is the U.S. Army.
Glenn’s lawyer also stated his client hasn’t actually been served with charges because the court summons went to his parent’s home in Centerville and was signed for by a relative.
He asked for permission “to file a response directly with the court in lieu of an initial appearance.”
The prosecutor’s office said late Thursday that “with the written consent of the defendant and the approval of the assistant prosecuting attorney, the court may permit arraignment without the defendant being present.”
Meanwhile, the case is on hold until either Dankof approves the motion or Glenn is available to appear in court.
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