An attorney for a former Franklin High School social studies teacher serving a prison sentence for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a male student is requesting a judge release her early.
Madalyn Arnett, 26, of Dayton, pleaded guilty in March 2019 to sexual battery in Warren County Common Pleas Court. In May, she was sentenced by Judge Timothy Tepe to four years in prison.
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According to the county prosecutor’s office, the student had approached Arnett at school about what he could to do improve his grades, and the teacher initially declined to assist him. Later, Arnett contacted the student on social media and began conversations that were “sexual in nature.” Arnett also sent the student nude images and videos of herself.
On the evening of March 23, 2018, Arnett picked up the student down the street from his home and drove to a nearby parking lot, where they engaged in sexual intercourse in her vehicle, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The incident was later reported to school officials, who contacted police.
In a motion requesting judicial release for Arnett, defense attorneys John H. and Jon Paul Rion said Arnett has achieved high marks in prison working as a food service worker and program aide.
“Ms. Arnett has a positive attitude,” the attorneys wrote in the motion.
Arnett also has the support of her family and friends, the attorneys said.
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“Ms Arnett has a permanent residence with family, and all of her family and friends reside in the area, including her three young children. Ms. Arnett plans on actively seeking work upon her release,” according to the motion.
The Rions said Arnett accepts responsibility and admits culpability for her behavior.
“Ms Arnett is extremely remorseful for her actions and has shown a deeper level of understanding and compassion for all victims,” the attorneys said in the motion.
Prosecutors oppose the early release, noting the victim was 16 years old at the time of the offense and Arnett used her position as an educator to commit the crime.
“The defendant used her position as the victim’s teacher to form a sexual relationship with the student and engaged in sexual conduct. The court gave the defendant a sentence to hold her accountable and punish her for the acts that led to her convictions,” Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Heisele said the response.
Tepe set a status conference for March 16 to consider the motion.
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