Pre-school shut down after owner is charged with rape

John Foster (Source: Warren County Jail)
John Foster (Source: Warren County Jail)

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - The president of the Primrose Schools in the Cincinnati area tells FOX19 the Maineville location is being shut down. This comes less than a week after the owner was charged with the rape of a 13-year-old.

John Foster, 36, was arrested last Wednesday. He was arraigned on Thursday morning and is being held in the Warren County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Foster is a franchise owner of the Primrose School in Maineville. He and his wife opened the school in 2008. Police say at this point, they have no reported incidents involving Primrose students.

According to court documents, Foster engaged in sexual conduct with a girl under 13 from 1999 until 2003.

Foster has been ordered to stay away from the victim and all children under the age of 18. He is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 4. Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims says more charges could be coming soon.

According to the President of Primrose, Jo Kirchner, the license of the franchisee has been officially terminated.

Because of the ongoing investigation, Primrose schools felt it was in the best interest of the students and their parents to shut down the school. The students will be able to attend school at one of the three other Primrose locations.

The decision to close the school came after a meeting Thursday night with the parents of the students that attend the school and the owners of the other locations.

Kirchner says students will have a place to go. The teachers at the Maineville location have all applied at the other locations and many of them will be hired. The influx of students means more teachers are needed.

The Maineville location of Primrose will officially close its doors Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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