Madeline Marx plans to submit motions seeking competency and a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Marx, a former substitute teacher, is accused of having sexual contact with two Kettering Fairmont High School students.

Probation or prison? 8 teacher sex crime cases show sentences vary widely

The latest teacher in this region to be convicted for having sex with a student is set be sentenced Tuesday.

The punishment awaiting former Miamisburg Middle School teacher Jessica Langford could range from probation to prison after a jury last month found her guilty of having sex in her classroom with a 14-year-old.

A recent investigation by this news organization into southwest Ohio teachers convicted of similar crimes showed a wide variation in punishments in such cases.

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Here are eight examples:

• 2010, Northeastern High School teacher: Anthony Parker was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but that sentence was later reduced. He pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual battery involving a girl, 16.

• 2011, Tecumseh Local Schools guidance counselor: Kristin Mastin was sentenced to five years’ probation. She pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery involving a 16-year-old.

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• 2011, Mason High School teacher: Stacy Schuler was sentenced to four years in prison, served more than 1 year. Schuler was convicted in bench trial on 16 felony counts of sexual battery involving multiple high school students.

Former Mason High School teacher Stacy Schuler was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty on all 16 felony counts of sexual battery in 2011. FILE
Photo: Staff Writers

• 2013, Wayne High School teacher: Kelsey Hartmann was sentenced to five years’ probation. She pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after performing a sex act on a teen boy in her vehicle.

• 2013, Centerville High School teacher and girls golf coach: Michael Weaver was sentenced to five years’ probation. He pleaded guilty to having sex with a student during the 2005-06 school year.

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• 2015, New Miami teacher: Justin Madden was sentenced to 93 months in prison minus time served. He entered guilty pleas to four felony charges involving two girls, 16 and 18.

Justin Madden entered guilty pleas in Butler County Common Pleas Court in February 2015 to four felony charges involving two teenage girls, who were students at New Miami High School where he was a teacher. STAFF/2015
Photo: Staff Report

• 2017, Fairfield High School teacher: Tyler Conrad was sentenced to 180 days in jail minus time served. He was convicted in a bench trial of sexual imposition and contributing to the delinquency of a minor involving a girl, 16.

• 2018, Fairmont High School substitute teacher: Madelyn Marx was sentenced to five years’ probation. She pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery involving two males, 16 and 17.

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