Teacher allegedly performed sexual acts on female student during a three-month relationship
26-year-old Jennifer Walsh was indicted on two charges of sexual battery after officials were informed about the alleged relationship by Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services
A former special education teacher from Ohio has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student, who is a minor, over the summer this year. 26-year-old Jennifer Walsh was indicted on two charges of sexual battery on October 29, according to the Hamilton County court documents. She has been accused of performing sexual acts on a female student from Sycamore High School.
PEOPLE reported that Walsh taught at the same school until the sexual relationship was eventually reported to the Montgomery Police. The court documents stated that the alleged sexual acts took place from May to August of this year. The documents have also stated that the alleged victim was not a special education student.
The authorities informed officials from the Sycamore School District on October 16 that the alleged relationship was taking place. The Cincinnati Enquirer also reported that Sycamore School District was made aware of the relationship on October 16 by the Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services department.
Walsh is reported to have given her resignation to the school three days later. Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel informed parents of the students in the school via a statement that was released on October 30. The statement said: "We are committed to fully working with the Montgomery Police Department in their investigation and to take appropriate action to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for all students."
The school officials have since given Walsh's electronic devices to the investigators. Walsh joined the school district as a substitution educational assistant in May 2014. In August that same year, she became a full-time teacher and was hired as a special education teacher at Sycamore High, the Enquirer reported. Officials from the police told PEOPLE that Walsh made her bond on October 31.
In a similar incident, the daughter of Lodi Mayor Emile Carafa, who is a schoolteacher in New Jersey, allegedly sent explicit pictures and videos to a student under the age of 16, leading to her arrest.
Stephanie A Carafa, 32, was arrested on Saturday after an investigation found that she had sexual contact and shared explicit pictures with a student of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Lodi, where she taught. She now faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child as well as aggravated criminal sexual contact, Daily Mail reports.
Speaking to NorthJersey.com, Mayor Carafa said his daughter is the "love of my life, as is my family." "There is a process in this country, and that process is the court of law. I know that people in their human nature are inquisitive, and I understand that. I respect their inquisitiveness, but my main concern right now is my daughter," he said.
According to state pension records, Carafa was hired in 2012 and earns $49,281 a year. She is scheduled for a detention hearing on Friday at 9 am.