Published: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 3:36 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:06 PM
By: Jeremy P. Kelley, Mark Gokavi - Staff Writer
— UPDATE @ 12:07 p.m. (Sept. 20):
A lawyer for former Dayton Public School teacher John S. Findley, indicted on seven counts of pandering obscenity of a minor, wants a judge to suppress evidence.
Findley, 34, appeared in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for a scheduling conference, and he now has a suppression hearing scheduled for Nov. 1.
Defense attorney Jon Paul Rion said the defense will challenge the way police collected some information.
Dayton police reiterated Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information or knows someone who claims to be a victim should call Sgt. Gary Lowe at 937-333-1132.
UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m. (Sept. 20):
John S. Findley is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County Common Pleas court this morning for a scheduling conference.
Dayton police are sill asking if anyone believes they were a victim or know a victim of Findley to contact police at 937-333-1132.
UPDATE, 11 a.m.: The former Dayton Public Schools teacher indicted on allegations of sex offenses involving minors had been put on paid leave during the last school year.
John S. Findley was placed on leave on April 18, according to the president of the Dayton teachers union, David Romick.
This news organization has requested additional records from Dayton Public Schools regarding Findley.
FIRST REPORT: Former Dayton Public Schools teacher John S. Findley has been indicted on seven felony counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually oriented material Involving a minor.
Findley, 34, of Westona Drive in Dayton, was listed on Dayton Public Schools’ website as a teacher of drama and English at Stivers School for the Arts. DPS officials said Findley resigned effective July 9. It was unclear Wednesday how long he had taught at Stivers, but a program from a 2014 Stivers play lists him as being with the school’s Career Technical Theatre Preparatory Program.
Court records show that Findley was indicted Aug. 29 for alleged actions that occurred between November 2015 and August 2016. Jail records show he was arrested Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty, with bond set at $100,000.
The next listed court appearance is a scheduling conference Sept. 20 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Dayton Public Schools issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying the district “is fully cooperating with all law enforcement” in the case. Superintendent Rhonda Corr said DPS has established a crisis intervention team that will be at Stivers on Thursday and will be available “as long as necessary.” The district referred further questions to Dayton Police Det. James Hardin.
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.
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.
Ohio Department of Education records show Findley held a four-year Alternative Resident Educator License that expired this summer. ODE lists his teaching field as Performing Arts, as well as a class in principles of art and communication.
ODE’s educator discipline site shows no prior professional conduct discipline records against Findley.