A married couple, who were identified to be both Ohio school superintendents, have been indicted on charges stemming from sexual assault allegations involving a girl under age 13.
52-year-old Patrick O’Donnell and 46-year-old Heather O’Donnell, both from Lewistown, appeared Friday in central Ohio’s Logan County. Both were freed on bond.
Patrick O’Donnell, who is a superintendent of the Indian Lake Local Schools, has allegedly been indicted on rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition charges.
He is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at his Lewistown and Russells Point homes. The incidents happened from January 2013 to October 2016.
On June 19th, O’Donnell was charged with one count of gross sexual imposition. He then posted a $100,000 bond the following day.
Hours after his arrest, the Indian Lake Board of Education placed Mr. O’Donnell on paid leave.
Heather O’Donnell, on the other hand, is currently being charged with child endangering. Heather is the longtime superintendent of the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, which serves Logan, Shelby, and Hardin counties.
A court affidavit says the girl alleged Patrick O’Donnell touched her inappropriately while his wife failed to report the allegations to police.
Washington Township Police Chief Rick Core arrested the O’Donnells at their Russells Point home Tuesday afternoon.
A message was left Saturday with Patrick O’Donnell’s attorney. It’s unclear who represents his wife.
Their arraignment hearings are scheduled for Friday in Logan County Common Pleas Court at the jail.
If convicted, Pat faces life in prison. Heather could be sentenced up to 6 years in prison.
Source: Daily Mail