Teacher who had sexual relationships with pupils is spared jail time after plea from victim's parents
Madeline Marx, 24, was arrested in November after it was revealed that she'd had sexual relations with two of her students. The substitute teacher was arrested at Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio, and later released from her stay at Montgomery County Jail, where she was awaiting her trial.
"We became aware [the teacher was] possibly involved with inappropriate activities with a juvenile," said Kettering Superintendent Scott Inskeep at the time. "When we become aware of them then we will remove those people and not have them around our students."
Marx was accused of sleeping with two 11th grade students, both 16 years old, as well as "sending several nude pictures via Snapchat and Instagram," according to WHIO. She initially only admitted to sending the photos, but was accused of having sex with one of them in the parking lot of Big Lots in Kettering in July, and the other in the parking lot of Van Buren Apartments in September. The first of these relationships began in June of that year, while Marx had been working at the school for two years prior to her arrest.
Now, she has plead guilty to the charges, two counts of sexual battery, and has apologized for her misdeeds. According to ABC, Marx cried in court and apoligized for what she did. Speaking to the Montgomery County Common Pleas courtroom on Thursday, she said, "I cannot express how sorry I am for what I've done especially to the victims and their families," adding, "I'm so sorry".
Judge Steven Danok thanked her for admitting to her crimes and apologizing for what she had done, showing remorse for her actions. In addition to this, he claimed that the court had received 38 letters of support for her, including one from the family of one of the students she was involved with. Even the parents of one victim asked that she not be sent to jail, suggesting she be given probation instead.
Judge Danok said:
"The court believes these offenses are not likely to recur. This is extremely significant to the court, that Ms. Marx has shown genuine remorse for the offense.
"We want you to be successful on probation, we want you to be successful on community control."
The prosecution, however, has still had an impact even if Marx isn't heading to jail any time soon. "Because Ms Marx plead guilty in this case, the victims were spared reliving this through a trial," Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor Dylan Smearcheck said. "Additionally, Ms Marx is going to have to register for the rest of her life as a sex offender and will never be able to teach again."
Marx has now been labelled a tier 3 sex offender, she must register every 90 days, and her teaching license has been revoked. She is under probation for five years, and could be sent to jail if she is found to be violation of its terms.