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Fairmont fired 2 connected to Stivers teacher indicted for pandering

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            John S. Findley
John S. Findley

Two Kettering Fairmont High School part-time employees were dismissed in June when the district’s superintendent found out about their connection to the Stivers High School drama teacher who is facing charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Former Dayton Public Schools employee John S. Findley, 34, has been indicted on seven counts of pandering obscenity of a minor or pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor from November 2015 until August 2016.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office and Findley’s attorney have said the alleged victim was not a Stivers student. Prosecutors said Findley was charged for having pictures of a juvenile that were found on his phone.

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Findley has a hearing Nov. 1 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to challenge the way investigators obtained some evidence, according to Findley’s attorneys.

Prosecutors said Findley is free on a $100,000 bond and is required to have electronic monitoring of his whereabouts.

Findley was placed on paid leave from Dayton Public Schools April 18, according to district records. David Romick, president of the teachers union at Dayton Public Schools, said Findley’s discipline process had not gone far when Findley resigned July 9. Findley was indicted Aug. 29.

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In late June, Fairmont Superintendent Scott Inskeep fired two employees — who are not being named because they haven’t been criminally charged — after speaking to Dayton police about this case, a school district spokesman said this week. The two were employed part-time in non-teaching and non-coaching roles.

“Scott was contacted by a detective who provided him with information about an investigation involving Mr. Findley and made him aware of his associations (with the employees),” Fairmont school district spokeswoman Kari Basson wrote in an email.

“Due to the nature of the investigation, the decision was made to not renew the supplemental contracts of (the men). Supplemental contracts are all non-renewed each school year and these individuals were not offered new supplemental contracts for the 2017-18 school year.”

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Findley never worked for Kettering’s school district, according to Basson. The two fired Kettering employees’ personnel files didn’t include a termination letter.

Kettering police public information officer John Jung said that department has had only brief contact with both men. Prosecutor’s office spokesman Greg Flannagan said the two men do not have current criminal cases against them.

Basson wrote that it was Inskeep’s understanding “that this is an ongoing investigation involving Mr. Findley, so he prefers not to comment any further on anything that might pertain to the investigation.”

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This news organization has asked Dayton Public Schools for public records related to Findley’s alleged communications involving minors.

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The mandatory reporting requirement for employees in any official capacity who suspect possible child abuse or neglect extends to many professionals, including all school district employees.

Dayton police have asked anyone with relevant information to call Sgt. Gary Lowe at (937) 333-1132.

Loaded gun found in Dayton airport rental car

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

            The James M. Cox Dayton International Airport parking garage. FILE
The James M. Cox Dayton International Airport parking garage. FILE

A rental car agent told Dayton police a loaded pistol was found in a returned car Tuesday morning.

Dayton police secured the firearm found at the National Car Rental at the James M. Cox Dayton International Airport and placed it in an airport evidence locker, according to a police report.

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Five rounds were found inside the Derringer .22-caliber pistol, according to the report.

The vehicle’s last renter — whose residence on the report is listed as a Salt Lake City address — had the car for two days and returned it Tuesday just after 8 a.m., according to the report.

The incident was reported to police just after 10 a.m., according to the report. Attempts by police to reach the man by two telephone numbers were unsuccessful.

Miami Valley Hospital nurse reports assault by patient

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:23 PM


A Miami Valley Hospital nurse said Tuesday she was assaulted by a patient in the medical center’s bariatric ward, according to a Dayton police report.

The 59-year-old male suspect was told by police he would receive a summons for assault. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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“The incident involving one of our nurses has been turned over to the Dayton Police Department,” said Sharon Howard, the hospital spokeswoman, in a statement. “Any and all further action will occur as a result of their (DPD) internal processes.”

The nurse told police she entered the room to check on the patient and discovered him on the floor of the room with his left arm still secured to the bed by a restraint a previous nurse applied to him, according to the report.

Additional hospital staff entered the room and, in an attempt to place the patient back into bed, released the arm restraint, according to the report.

The nurse told police that the patient “reached up, grabbed the bottom front of her shirt and pulled her down on top of him,” according to the report.

Other staff then freed the nurse from the patient, who the nurse said appeared ready to strike her or pull her hair, according to the report. The staff then placed the patient in a four-point restraint.

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The nurse told police that prior to the incident the suspect said that “he better be released today or he’s gonna do something bad,” according to the report. She also told police that the patient had assaulted a doctor a day prior, but that the doctor did not wish to call police, according to the report.

The suspect told police that he wants to be released from the hospital and did not wish to be there anymore.

Substitute teacher accused of sex with 2 students seeks insanity plea

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

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.

The Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher accused of having sexual contact with two students plans to submit motions to determine her competency and fitness to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Madeline Marx, 23, appeared Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Pending the motions being filed and a doctor conducting the exam, Marx’s scheduling conference was continued until Jan. 31.

Attorney Keith Fricker told Judge Steven Dankof he was going to file the competency and NGRI motions in the next couple days.

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Fricker told Dankof he had arranged for a doctor to do the exam and if prosecutors object, he would work with them to find a replacement.

Before the hearing, Marx was dabbing her eyes and was comforted by a woman who came with her to the hearing. During it, she had tissues with her while at the podium.

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“Ms. Marx, hang in there, OK, you’ll get through this,” Dankof said. “You’ll be all right.”

Marx is charged with two counts of sexual battery. Both counts are third-degree felonies and punishable by sentences of up to 9 to 36 months in prison.

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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 a 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.

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Marx was removed from Fairmont’s building Nov. 8 by police. Marx admitted to having sexual relationships with multiple students, according to court documents.

Marx also was a substitute teacher for Oakwood schools, but officials there say there hasn’t been any complaints about her.

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Springboro boy sentenced in drug case involving teacher mother

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:38 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

            The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. STAFF
The 16-year-old son of Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca is shown during an earlier juvenile court hearing in the case stemming from a drug raid at their home in May. STAFF

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.: A Springboro boy was sentenced this morning to 30 days in the Warren County Detention Center, ordered to complete an in-patient treatment program and placed on probation for drug charges in a case also involving his mother, a teacher in the Springboro Schools.

The boy was led out of the courtroom to begin his detention. He was given credit for 15 days already served.

Judge Joe Kirby also fined the boy $250 and ordered him to remain on probation, possibly until he turns 21.

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Prior to sentencing, the teen pleaded no contest to the charges against him, and Kirby found him delinquent.

EARLIER: The 16-year-old son of a long-time Springboro school teacher accused of drug-related charges at their home is to enter a plea and be sentenced this morning in Warren County Juvenile Court.

The case stems from a raid on their home in May by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

The boy, 16, is accused of trafficking in LSD to 25 to 30 Springboro High School students, as well as possession of the hallucinogenic and marijuana.

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Teacher Amy Panzeca allegedly helped her son obtain the online currency Bitcoin used to purchase LSD, and she is charged with child endangering and contributing to the unruliness of a minor.

She is on leave from her job.