Springfield Twp. trustees make no comment on ex-fire cadet instructor’s sex crime case

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 10:19 PM

SPRINGFIELD TWP. — (UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. April 25): Township trustees, after meeting in executive session, said they were told not to discuss the sex crimes case involving former Springfield Twp. fire cadet instructor Jonathan Scott Monroe.

A fire department deputy chief also declined comment about the allegations.

UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (April 25) 

Township trustees are meeting tonight for the first time since Jonathan Scott Monroe’s arrest on sex-related charges stemming from his involvement with teens in the fire department’s cadet program.

That program has been suspended and a trustee has said its future is uncertain.

According to Trustee Tim Foley, Monroe sent an email on April 6 stating his was resigning as a training instructor and adviser in the Springfield Twp. Fire Department cadet program. The trustees approved the resignation five days later, Foley said.

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EARLIER REPORT

Jonathan Scott Monroe, 23, remains in jail on a $100,000 bond on charges accusing him of sexually assaulting teens in the fire department's cadet program.

According to an affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court, Monroe -- a training instructor and cadet adviser at the time of the alleged offenses -- is accused of the following: 

  • Victim 1: Rape, gross sexual imposition, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery 
  • Victim 2: Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery  
  • Victim 3: Sexual battery  
  • Victim 4: Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and compelling prostitutio

The charges involve four victims — who now are 15 years to 17 years old — under whom he had authority as their training instructor. 

An arrest warrant was filed for Monroe after he had agreed April 18 to surrender to authorities and failed to do so. 

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On April 5, Monroe came to the Springfield Police Division and asked to speak with detectives. It was then that he admitted he committed the crimes through access he had with the children through the cadet program. 

According to the affidavit, Monroe told police Detective Sandra Fent he was 15 or 16 years old when he first sexually touched one of the victims, a 9-year-old boy, at random times for roughly six years. 

The last occurrence was in March, Monroe told the detective, and he offered the boy $40 to engage in sexual touching.

Monroe said he and a second victim touched sexually only once, about a year ago.

He told authorities he engaged in sex with another of the victims 10 or more times in the child's bedroom. 

Monroe told authorities he "can't even begin to guess how money he paid" a fourth victim, with whom he engaged in sexual conduct in March. That victim was 15 at the time.

About 5 p.m., we learned from the Springfield Twp. trustees that Monroe resigned as a volunteer firefighter, though the date of his resignation is not immediately known.

The trustees said they would have no further comment.

Toddler suffers severe burn injuries in Greenville

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 11:18 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

UPDATE @ 8:49 a.m. 05/22/17

The 2-year-old boy who was burned on Knisley Road on Sunday was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital where his condition is listed as good, according to a Darke County Sheriff’s Office news release.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office released more details about the events leading up to the child’s injury.

Around 10:48 p.m. on Sunday, Darke County deputies, Union City Fire, Union City Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the 8200 block of Kniseley Road for a child with serious burn injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.
A Greenville man poured gasoline on a bonfire which spread to a container another man was holding, according to the sheriff’s office news release. The man holding the container tripped over the 2-year-old boy, causing him to spill gasoline on the child.

The gas ignited on the boy causing burns to his face and hands, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.

CareFlight has landed in Greenville for the young child who was burned.

FIRST REPORT

A toddler suffered severe burns tonight in Greenville.

A CareFlight medical helicopter is on the way after the child was burned in the 8200 block of Knisely Road, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Police and medics remain on scene, and we are working to find out how the child was hurt.

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2 children, who police say were shot in head by mother, have died

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 8:11 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 3:18 AM

DAYTON — The Helton children, 8-year-old Khmorra and 6-year-old Kaiden, died Sunday night at Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

  • The children were shot at the family’s Lori Sue Avenue home on May 18
  • The children’s 11-year-old sister was at home, but unharmed
  • The children’s mother, Claudena M. Helton, 30, remains in jail

INITIAL REPORT: 2 children shot in the head in Dayton

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed they had the bodies of the Helton children, but they would not release their times of death.

The children’s mother was arrested and has been in the Montgomery County Jail since the shooting on Thursday around 10 a.m. at their home at 3821 Lori Sue Avenue.

Claudena Helton is scheduled to appear in Dayton Municipal Court on Monday. She is charged with two counts of attempted murder and four counts of aggravated assault. We have contacted Dayton Police Department officials to find out whether the charges will be increased now that the children have died.

>>PHOTOS:  First responders arrive; neighbors comforted

>>911 CALLS:  Illustrate chaos in aftermath 

The children’s mother, Claudena Helton, had faced previous allegations involving children before last week's shootings. In March 2014, she was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

At the time of the shootings, an investigation was open and active against Claudena Helton by Montgomery County Children Services.

Reaction from neighbor

John Sanders Sr. has lived in the 3800 block of Lori Sue Avenue — just a few houses down from the Helton home — for 45 years.

"From what I’ve seen and noticed, she and the kids got along fine,” Sanders said. “They were always out in the yard barbecuing, cleaning the car, going back and forth to school. I could see no problem whatsoever. I was very shocked to hear, and disturbed, as to what happened over there.”

Sanders, who has 13 grandchildren, said it saddened him to learn of Khmorra and Kaiden Helton’s deaths tonight.

“I'm sorry to hear that and my prayers go out to the family,” he said.

Sanders said law enforcement should take swifter action if they’re aware of child abuse.

“I’ve always thought and felt if, whenever the authorities know of cruelty ... they shouldn’t wait for an incident such as this to take place in order to take action," he said

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Cicada Invasion: Red-eyed insects are here

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

Cicadas are crawling on trees and plants and littering sidewalks.

>>Brood X cicadas set to arrive early in SW Ohio

A few hundred thousand of the red-eyed insects with delicate wings are the offspring of the Brood X batch that hatch every 17 years. They are early because some of the brood emerged in 2000 instead of 2004.

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Dayton man’s canoe capsizes, prompts boat search at Kiser Lake

Published: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 9:23 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 10:30 PM

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.

A Dayton man and his son were fishing today on Kiser Lake when their canoe swamped.

They were able to pull the boat to shore, got into their vehicle and drove home before a park visitor spotted the capsized watercraft and reported it to rangers, Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman Eric Heis said.

The Dayton Police Department responded to the canoe owner’s home, where they found him safe about an hour and a half after his canoe was discovered, Heis said.

Those in a similar situation is urged to call #ODNR on their mobile phone to report their swamped or overturned boat. Also, anyone who spots such a boat is urged to call, he said.

FIRST REPORT

A capsized canoe found this evening on Kiser Lake leads crews to launch boats in case anyone is in need of rescue.

The boats were launched sometime around 8 p.m. at Kiser Lake State Park, 4880 Ohio 235 in Jackson Twp. near St. Paris in Champaign County after the overturned watercraft was discovered.

Several fire departments are on scene but there are no reports of anyone missing or injured, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. 

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