Trial date set for former Stivers teacher accused of pandering obscenity

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 1:15 PM


            John S. Findley
John S. Findley

The trial for a former Stivers High School teacher accused of pandering obscenity of a minor is scheduled for Aug. 6.

John S. Findley, 34, had his trial date and a final pretrial hearing of July 25 scheduled Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Findley, who taught drama at Stivers, was indicted on seven counts of pandering obscenity of a minor.

Defense attorney Kevin Lennen recently questioned the search warrant and search of Findley’s iPad during a suppression hearing. Judge Barbara Gorman denied Lennen’s motion.

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The former Dayton Public Schools teacher was put on paid leave during the 2016-2017 school year.

Findley, of Dayton, was listed on Dayton Public Schools’ website as a teacher of drama and English at Stivers School for the Arts before charges were formalized.

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Dayton Public Schools has said the district “is fully cooperating with all law enforcement” in the case.

One of the four pandering obscenity counts says that Findley did “direct or produce an obscene performance that has a minor as its participants.” The indictment also accuses Findley of promoting the material for sale or dissemination on Aug. 8 or Aug. 9 of 2016.

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The three counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor include language saying Findley “created, directed or produced” the performance.

Six of the charges are second-degree felonies, according to the indictment, while one is a fourth-degree felony.

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