Teacher indicted on sex crimes involving student

Justin Madden, 29, of Trenton, was arrested Wednesday by Butler County Sheriff’s detectives after an 11-count indictment was handed down by a grand jury. He turned himself into the sheriff’s office in Hamilton.

Madden is charged with two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony; two counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, a second-degree felony and a fifth-degree felony; pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a second-degree felony; importuning, a fifth-degree felony; obstructing justice, a third-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and three counts of obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony.

Madden was placed on administrative leave in September from the high school when the allegations were made.

“We are absolutely not going to tolerate this horrific behavior. This guy was trusted to educate the youth of our community and obviously violated that,” said Sheriff Richard Jones. “We will work with the prosecutor’s office to ensure justice is served. It disgusts me that this guy was supposed to be looked at as a mentor and someone that kids could look up to. I don’t get it, but I will fight to see that he gets what he deserves.”

The district contacted the sheriff’s office about allegations that Madden had inappropriate conversations and/or text messages with a female student.

According to the sheriff’s office, Madden has not been back in the classroom. The district could not be reached Wednesday to comment about Madden’s employment status.

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