Madeline J. Marx wanted to spend her career inside school buildings. Now, she’s not allowed within 1,000 feet of one.
The former Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher was sentenced Thursday to five years’ community control after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery against students.
Marx, 24, also will not be allowed to teach, she must register as a Tier III sex offender every 90 days for the rest of her life and therefore can’t live within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare.
“The state is satisfied with the sentence today,” said Dylan Smearcheck, a Montgomery County assistant prosecutor who works in the child abuse bureau. “Because Ms. Marx pled guilty in this case the victims were spared reliving this through a trial.”
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof listed three victims by initials, though Marx only was indicted on two counts. Smearcheck said the case was charged appropriately.
Dankof said one mother of a victim advocated that Marx do prison time while another set of parents asked for probation.
“I cannot express how sorry I am,” Marx said, tearfully apologizing to the victims and their families. “I just can’t express the remorse that I have.”
Dankof said he received 38 letters of support from Marx’s family, friends and others. The judge said he wasn’t surprised that Marx’s background included being sexually abused (not by a member of her immediate family), mental health challenges and brain trauma from when Marx played soccer.
“I think the court today addressed a number of factors that it took into consideration in its sentence and the state feels this is an appropriate sentence giving the circumstances surrounding this,” Smearcheck said.
Dankof ordered numerous conditions of probation, including that Marx undergo sexual offender counseling and have no contact with the victims.
A 17-year-old student told police he was given oral sex by a teacher July 19 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Wilmington Pike, according to the complaint, affidavit and statement of facts filed in court.
A 16-year-old boy told police he had intercourse with a substitute teacher Sept. 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Smithville Road, according to court documents.
Marx was removed from Fairmont’s building Nov. 8 by police. Marx admitted to having sexual relationships with multiple students, according to court documents.
An affidavit said Marx also confessed to sending several nude pictures via Snapchat and Instagram.
A prosecutor’s office press release indicated Marx also substitute taught in Oakwood. School officials in Oakwood sent parents a letter saying that they did not know of any victims in their school district.
State records indicated Marx has a four-year teaching license as a K-12 education intervention specialist.
Marx graduated in 2012 from Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in education, according to CJ and UD officials.
According to her UD transcript included in her personnel file, Marx withdrew from a fall 2013 class on sexual ethics.