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8th grade teacher at Sandy Valley Local Schools arrested, charged with rape

Alleged incident wasn't school-related
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Posted at 9:52 AM, Apr 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-18 09:52:55-04

MAGNOLIA, Ohio — A 39-year-old East Sparta man was arrested on Friday and charged with sex crimes, according to the Stark County Sheriff's Office. That man, Jason Neading, was an 8th grade teacher at Sandy Valley Local Schools.

Neading was arrested around 9 p.m. Friday. He was booked into the Stark County Jail on one count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition, both felony charges.

According to Sandy Valley Local School District Superintendent David J. Fischer, the alleged incident was not school-related.

"He was a teacher in our district who has submitted his resignation. We have cooperated with the Stark County Sheriff with their investigation and understand the allegation was not school-related," Fischer said.

No additional details have been released.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Stark County Sheriff's Office at 330-430-3800 or the anonymous Crime Tip Line at 330-451-3937.

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