In March, 24-year-old Madeline Marx pleaded guilty to sexual battery. The two counts of sexual battery were related to her relationships with three students while she was a substitute teacher. She taught at Kettering Fairmont High School, which is in Kettering, Ohio.
The high school, which has about 2,500 students, is the 6th largest in the state of Ohio.
Officials at that high school learned that Madeline was grooming her students for inappropriate relationships.
Madeline was pulled from her classroom in November and then arrested.
Last Thursday, a pleas court judge in Montgomery County sentenced the 24-year-old woman, but did not give her jail time. She was actually facing six years in jail, but walked free.
She will have to register, however, as a tier III sex offender. She admitted to having intercourse with a 16 year old from the high school, as well as performing sex acts on a 17 year old.
The incidents did not occur on school property.
Madeline actually pleaded guilty to sexual battery against three students. She was arrested after nude photos she sent to students via SnapChat and Instagram were spread around the high school.
The court heard that the principal of the school was told by several students that Madeline was engaged in inappropriate relationships with two of the school’s students. Madeline ended up breaking down in tears while she was being sentenced, and she apologized to the families of her victims.
She told the judge that she could not express how sorry she was for what she had done to her victims and their families.
The judge in the case, Steven Danok, actually thanked Madeline Marx, noting that she had not been in trouble with the law prior to her arrest, and also adding that she cooperated with law enforcement after she was caught.
Judge Danok revealed that he received 38 letters of support for Madeline Marx; a victim’s parent even asked that she receive probation. A parent of another victim, however, was not pleased that Madeline did not receive jail time.
Danok said that the court believes the offenses are unlikely to recur. He said that is “extremely significant”, and pointed out that Madeline has showed remorse for her actions.
He said that he wants Madeline to be successful on probation and on community control.
Dylan Smearcheck, the assistant prosecutor for Montgomery County, said that he was pleased with Madeline’s sentence. By pleading guilty, he said, she spared the victims from having to relive the ordeal via a trial. In addition, she will be a registered sex offender and will never again be able to teach.
Because Madeline is now a tier III sex offender, she must register her address every 90 days for the rest of her life. She can be thrown in jail if she violates her probation.
Madeline Marx graduated from the University of Dayton in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree. She is now prohibited from working at a job that will allow her to have contact with anybody under the age of 18.
Prior to her arrest, she had a four-year teaching license.
She will also not be allowed to enter any Kettering City School facilities, and she has been ordered to undergo sex offender counseling.
While the majority of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students occur between male teachers and female students, there have been a number of female teachers who have gotten in trouble with the law lately.
Earlier this year, a 26-year-old married science teacher named Stephanie Peterson was arrested in Florida after she allegedly had intercourse with a student—that student was only 14 years old. According to reports, she also sent nude pictures of herself and sold the student marijuana. She was charged with lewd or lascivious battery as well as the transmission of harmful materials to a minor.
Last year, a former middle school teacher in Texas named Alexandria Vera was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She was engaged in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. She was in her 20’s. The boy actually got her pregnant, and she had an abortion.
The family of the boy reportedly supported his relationship with the former teacher.