Former Sycamore High School special ed. teacher indicted for having sex with a student
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati-area teacher is accused of having sex with a student.
From May to August, former Sycamore High School special education teacher Jennifer Walsh, 26, had a sexual relationship with a female student, court records say.
Walsh is charged with two counts of sexual battery. A grand jury indicted Walsh Monday.
Montgomery police investigated a sexual battery complaint Oct. 18 after a Hamilton County Job and Family Service investigator reported the incident involving the teacher and 17-year-old female student.
Police say they seized Walsh’s computer, cell phone and personal documents as part of their search.
Sycamore High School says Walsh resigned Oct. 19 and they are cooperating with police in an email sent home to parents.
"It is with deep sadness that we inform you of a situation involving a former Sycamore High School employee.
Montgomery Police is investigating allegations that former teacher Jennifer Walsh engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. Walsh has resigned. Investigators believe this was an isolated incident and that the alleged inappropriate behavior did not occur at school.
Due to student privacy laws, the District is limited in what we can speak to, however, we find the reported allegations to be shocking, upsetting, and take them very seriously. We have strict policies against this type of alleged behavior that are clearly communicated to all staff.
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."
Sycamore High School released Walsh’s letter of resignation.
"To whom it may concern,
As of today, October 19th, 2018, I am hereby resigning from my position as an Intervention Specialist at Sycamore High School. Thank you for the opportunity to work for such a great education institution."
Sincerely, Jen Walsh
Walsh was arrested and posted $100 bond before she was released from jail.
The police report says five witnesses came forward about the sexual battery, one of them a fellow teen.
Brian Gregg from Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services says Walsh will be placed on the state’s child abuse registry if their investigative team finds the claims are true. Walsh will also be reported to the Department of Education in that case.
Sycamore High School says they will not be commenting further at this time. It’s unknown whether the victim was a special education student.
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