Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
By: Mark Gokavi, Jeremy P. Kelley - Staff Writer
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
This news organization has asked Dayton Public Schools for public records related to Findley’s alleged communications involving minors.
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.