Retired and noted Wright State University education professor James K. Uphoff pleaded guilty Thursday to one federal count of possession of child pornography after investigators found 550 pornographic images and two videos on three of Uphoff’s computer devices.
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Local educators accused
There have been several former and current educators involved with criminal allegations involving students or young people in the past year. Notable cases include:
- James Uphoff: The former Wright State University professor and Oakwood School Board President pleaded guilty Thursday to one federal count of possessing child pornography. He was charged in August. He will be sentenced Jan. 21, and faces between six and 24 months in federal prison.
- James Trent: The longtime Kettering School Board member was charged in September with sexual imposition in Kettering Municipal Court after he allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a 22-year-old woman . A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28.
- Michael Weaver: The Centerville High School teacher was sentenced in April to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery against a student he had sexual contact with in the 2005-06 school year.
- Kelsey Hartmann: The Wayne High School teacher was sentenced in September to five years probation after pleading guilty of one count of third-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct. Hartmann was caught performing a sex act on a teenage boy in her vehicle last November.
- Scott Rohrer: The Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center instructor was sentenced in August to three years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery for having a sexual relationship with a student on school grounds.
- Kenneth Hoffman: The Northridge High School band director pleaded guilty in September to one count of importuning and one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material after an investigation of Hoffman having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Hoffman will be sentenced later this month.