New trial date set for ex-Centerville teacher facing sex charges

Samuel Glenn, a former Centerville teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, appeared in court Thursday morning. STAFF PHOTO / DARIN POPE
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Samuel Glenn, a former Centerville teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, appeared in court Thursday morning. STAFF PHOTO / DARIN POPE

UPDATE @ 5 p.m. (June 17):

A new trial date has been set for a former Centerville High School teacher now serving in the U.S. Army who is accused of an improper relationship with a female student.

Samuel Glenn, 30, charged with sexual battery, now has a trial scheduled for Nov. 18 and a final pretrial on Oct. 31 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Glenn joined the military between the time of the initial investigation of the alleged incidents in 2017 and the indictment in January.

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UPDATE @ 10:45 a.m. (March 7):

An ex-Centerville teacher now in the armed services made his initial appearance in court today on charges that he had an improper relationship with a student.

Attorney Anthony Comunale appeared with his client, ex-Centerville teacher Samuel Glenn, in Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Gerald Parker’s courtroom.

Parker set a July 22 trial date and a July 3 pretrial date. An April 25 date was set for a pretrial service update, and Parker told Glenn that he would need to be present for that hearing.

Glenn joined the U.S. Army between the time of the initial investigation of the alleged incidents in 2017 and the indictment in January this year.

INITIAL REPORT:

A former Centerville High School teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student in 2017, and indicted by a grand jury in January, is due to appear for a scheduling conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Common Pleas Court.

Samuel Glenn was indicted on a third-degree felony count of sexual battery by a Montgomery County grand jury in early January.

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Details contained in investigative documents obtained by this news organization reveal that he allegedly engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student and also made several inappropriate overtures to other students via social media.

“This was a consensual sexual relationship, but the consensual doesn’t matter, he was in a position of authority and no matter how you play it, it’s against the law,” Centerville police officer John Davis told this media outlet following the indictment.

The incident reportedly happened between Jan. 14 and 15 in 2017. Centerville police opened an investigation into the relationship in May 2017. The investigation was closed without any charges being filed after the student involved declined to participate, police said in May 2017.

New information surfaced, prompting detectives to reopen the investigation. Several emails revealed that Glenn allegedly allowed students to skip class and maintained a flirtatious nature with students while corresponding with them. One person reported to the school district seeing a student post something on Twitter indicating inappropriate conduct by Glenn.

After news of the indictment was released, Centerville City Schools Community Relations Specialist, Sarah Swan said, “We take the safety of our students seriously, and we reacted immediately when the information came to our attention.”

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