- By Mark Gokavi Staff Writer
A Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher was removed from the school building Wednesday and admitted to having sexual relationships with multiple students, according to court documents.
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Madeline J. Marx, 23, was charged with two counts of sexual battery and the case will be presented to a grand jury, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Teachers are entrusted with the responsibility of educating children who are becoming young adults,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a statement. “This defendant took advantage of her position and developed a sexual relationship with minor students.”
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 with Kettering Municipal 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.
The affidavit said Marx confessed to the conduct and to sending several nude pictures via Snapchat and Instagram.
Both counts are third-degree felonies and punishable by sentences of up to 9 to 36 months in prison. Marx was given an own-recognizance bond and ordered to “reside with her father at his residence while case is pending,” according to court documents.
A Kettering police report indicates some alleged incidents happened between June 1 and Sept. 21, 2017 in a parking lot.
“Substitute teacher at Fairmont High School was found to have been involved in a sexual relationship with students,” the report’s narrative stated.
“Immediately, the administration began to investigate and also called Kettering police, who very quickly brought in a detective,” Kettering City School District Superintendent Scott Inskeep said. “We have a full-time resource officer at the high school also, and they began their investigation.”
A prosecutor’s office press release indicated Marx also substitute taught in Oakwood.
Marx was arrested by 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and first booked into Kettering’s jail. This news organization obtained dash-cam footage of Marx being transported by Kettering police to Montgomery County Jail Wednesday afternoon.
Inskeep said Marx acted as a substitute teacher last school year and so far this fall. 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.
Marx attained a 3.58 grade-point average at UD, graduated cum laude and spent several terms on the Dean’s List, according to a resume in her personnel records on file with Kettering schools.
According to her UD transcript included in her personnel file, Marx withdrew from a fall 2013 class on sexual ethics.
Before teaching at Fairmont, Marx was a student teacher at Beverly Gardens Elementary School in the Mad River School District from September 2015 until May 2016, according to her resume.
She cited “field experience” at Huber Heights Wayne High School in January 2015, River’s Edge Montessori elementary school in September 2014, John Hole Elementary School in Centerville in January 2014 and Frank Nicholas Elementary School in West Carrollton in September 2013.
Marx noted she had been a respite care provider for a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy.
People at a relative’s house near Brookville yelled, “No comment” on Wednesday night when approached for comment by this news organization.
Kettering police said Marx has had no previous incidents with them.
Inskeep said there wasn’t anything in Marx’s history that raised a red flag for Kettering school officials.
“Students are safe and I think this situation is one that, unfortunately, is recurring today and you hear about it more and more,” Inskeep said. “We do everything we can. We’ve done the background checks, we do training. We do everything we can to ensure that it’s safe. …
“And, when people make choices, and they choose to make them, when we become aware of them, then we will remove those people and not have them around our students. And that’s exactly what we’ve done here.”