Madeline Marx, a 23-year-old substitute teacher in Ohio arrested for having a sexual relationship with at least two of her teenage students, has pleaded insanity.
Arrested in early November, Marx was indicted on two charges of sexual battery for allegedly having sexual relations with two 11th grade students during her two years as a substitute teacher at Kettering Fairmont High School.
Appearing in court on Wednesday, December 13, Marx requested medical examinations to assess whether she can enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. According to WHIO, Judge Steven Dankof told Marx to “hang in there, you’ll get through this, you’ll be all right” as she wept in the courtroom.
Marx is accused of multiple offenses. First, she is accused of having intercourse with a 16-year-old boy on September 21 in the parking lot of an apartment building an eight-minute drive from the school. She is also accused of performing oral sex on a 17-year-old in the parking lot of a Big Lots furniture on July 19. Furthermore, she is also been accused of sending nude photos to one of the teens.
A prosecutor’s office press release indicated Marx also substitute taught in Oakwood. School officials in Oakwood sent parents a letter saying that they did not know of any victims in their school district.
State records indicated Marx has a four-year teaching license as a K-12 education intervention specialist.
Marx graduated in 2012 from Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in education, according to CJ and UD officials. According to her UD transcript included in her personnel file, Marx withdrew from a fall 2013 class on sexual ethics.
Marx plans to submit motions seeking competency and a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
This is the latest in a string of teacher/student sex scandals this year. In November, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers was arrested. Former nutrition teacher LaToya Parker was also arrested for a relationship with a student. Florida teacher Caroline Lawson was charged with sexual assault. 26-year-old Allyson Moran was also arrested for similar crimes. The 23-year-old high school teacher Katherine Ross Ridenhour was also arrested for an inappropriate relationship.
Furthermore, Hunter Day, 22, was also arrested after a sting operation. Megan Kotarski was also arrested on similar charges. Michelle Schiffer, a 23-year-old history teacher in Texas, was also charged and arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage student. 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy was arrested in Maryland for her crimes in New Jersey. Samantha Fitzgerland, a 28-year-old, was most recently arrested and charged. Jordan Ondish was arrested for her inappropriate relationship with a 19-year-old, while 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick was arrested on similar charges. Nicole Marie Andrews was arrested as well.