After pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery, a former Ohio substitute teacher offered a tearful apology at her sentencing. She was discovered to have been engaging in sexual activity with students in parking lots.
Madeline Marx, 24, had admitted to having sex with two 11th grade students of Kettering Fairmont High School. In court on Thursday, she wept while asking forgiveness for her crimes.
“I cannot express how sorry I am ... I just can’t express the remorse that I have," she said, according to People.
As her punishment, Marx will be put on probation for five years and labeled a Tier III sex offender. She will also be required to register her address every three months for the rest of her life and will undergo sex offender counseling. Her teaching license has been revoked and she has been banned from the school's property. She faces will face no jail time.
According to arrest warrants, Marx engaged in sex with a 16-year-old in a Big Lots parking lot in the summer of 2017. She had sex with a second 16-year-old in the parking lot of a local apartment complex the following fall.
School officials said they "immediately" began investigating the situation as soon as they heard reports of the potential crimes on November 8, 2017.
"The administration began to investigate and also called Kettering police, who very quickly brought in a detective,” said Kettering City Schools Superintendent Scott Inskeep, according to My Denton Daily News, a local Ohio news organization. “We have a full-time resource officer at the high school also, and they began their investigation.”
Police arrested Marx the same day and interviewed her about the accusations, according to WHIO TV, an Ohio news station. She confessed to sending nude pictures to one student and having intercourse with the second.
Marx had not had any previous interactions with police before her arrest. She was released from the local jail on November 10, 2017, according to WHIO TV.
An attorney for Marx did not offer any comment on the situation, according to People.
[Photo: Montgomery County Jail, Kettering Police Department]