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Teacher charged with sexual battery of student

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Deborah Dixon) -- He taught and coached at his alma mater but now Kenneth Goodin is charged with sexual battery involving a student.

It was electronic messages discovered by the teen's mom that led to Friday's indictment for sexual battery.

The official crime is sexual battery, even though the student was 18 at the time. The law sees it as a crime, because Goodin was in a position of authority at the school.

A statement from the Northwest Local School District says Goodin was placed on administrative leave May 29th, and he resigned June 4. He was not at his Colerain Township home Friday, which is up for sale.

The former teacher is in the jail Friday, arrested by Colerain Township Police. The school board president said the school notified police with minutes of finding out about the alleged crime.
 
Dan Unger said the school takes these situations very seriously, and will support whatever the prosecutor needs.  This is the third time in a year, the school district made a statement about teachers' sex acts and students.

Teaching assistant Brandon Lampley pleaded guilty in May to sexual battery involving a 16-year-old junior at Northwest.
And Colerain High School teacher Julie Hautzenroeder was sentenced to two years in prison for sex crimes involving two 16-year-old boys at her home in Symmes Township last May.

In the Goodin case, the student is 18. The law says even at that legal age, sex with an authority figure is a game changer
 
"It speaks to the fact, when someone is in position of power, or authority it's not a level playing  field," says assistant prosecutor Julie Wilson. "If I have the ability to say something, to do this I'll give you a certain grade or as a coach you can start, it's not a level playing field."
 
Nothing in the indictment mentions that, but the law considers what could happen. I asked the district spokeswoman to talk about the number of sex crime charges in the past year. She did not respond.  Officials will likely have to talk when parents start asking the questions. 


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