Mount Vernon teacher charged in 2018 rape of a student

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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (WCMH) — A Mount Vernon Middle School teacher has been charged with raping a student in 2018.

According to court documents, Andrew Walsh, 36, a physical education teacher at the middle school for the last nine years, is charged with one count each of rape by force or threat of force and sexual battery by person of authority.

Court documents state the alleged rape occurred between September and October of 2018. The victim was 15-years-old at the time.

According to court documents, the first incident happened at the school while the second occurred outside of school.

The victim also showed investigators text messages on her phone from Walsh where he apologizes for his actions, according to the criminal complaint.

Walsh is due in court Friday for a bond hearing.

Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent William Seder, Jr., issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

We are extremely disturbed to hear of the recent allegations against Mr. Andrew Walsh.  The district will be working closely with law enforcement and Children’s Services related to this matter.  The district is currently working with legal counsel to determine a course of action.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved during this most difficult time.

William Seder, Jr., superintendent, Mount Vernon City School District

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