A Franklin High School teacher facing a sexual battery charge is accused of having sex with a student in a Franklin Twp. parking lot, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.
Madalyn Arnett, 25, was arrested at her West Carrollton home last week and charged with the third-degree felony. Arnett, a first-year social studies teacher, was placed on leave March 27 after Franklin High School officials reported a sexual relationship between her and a 16-year-old male student, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Arnett admitted to sexting with a student when confronted by school officials, according to court records. She was placed on leave with the district immediately and escorted off the school’s property.
Fornshell said students began talking about some of the activity at school and through cell phones there was evidence of inappropriate communication between the student and Arnett. Further investigation by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest.
“But this charge means there was a sexual encounter,” Fornshell said. He added that contact took place in a car in a parking lot the week before the arrest.
Arnett pleaded not guilty to the charge at arraignment in Franklin Municipal Court.
On Friday, she waived her right to a preliminary hearing, which meant Judge Ron Ruppert automatically bound the case over to a Warren County grand jury for consideration.
After the hearing, Arnett’s attorney Jon Paul Rion had little comment, noting it is early in the case.
“The investigation is just beginning so we have some information to work off of,” Rion said. “We are obviously developing our own case and the facts that support it. We really do not have any conclusions to draw at this time.”
According to state records, Arnett was issued a teaching license to instruct social studies for grades 7-12 in May 2017. Prior to that, she was issued a short-term substitute teaching license for general education.