Teacher indicted on 9 counts of sexual battery against students


A 23-year-old substitute teacher from Janesville, Ohio pleaded not guilty to nine counts of sexual battery against two students on Wednesday.

Darci L. Lake entered her plea at the Muskingum County Common Pleas Court, where she appeared for arraignment. According to the indictment, Lake’s two alleged victims were students in the district. Her victims included a 16-year-old and and a 17-year-old, who were 14 and 15, respectively, at the time of the alleged assaults.

Lake would have been 22 years old when the offenses began, the indictment states.

According to the indictment, seven of the nine counts listed against Lake occurred between Feb. 1 and Nov. 1, 2017. Another two counts occurred between March 1 and Aug. 31, 2017. Lake was arrested on Dec. 21.

The Marysville School District has been cooperating fully with law enforcement as they investigate the crime, according to Superintendent Ruth Zitnik. The Janesville Times Recorder reports that Lake was hired through a company that staffs districts with substitute teachers called the Redhill Group.

Zitnik said Lake, is no longer contracted with Marysville, and Barrie Howell, president of Renhill Group, said Lake has been terminated from the company. Howell reports that Lake passed all state-required background checks before she was hired at Redhill.

Lake, who graduated from Maysville High School in 2012, posted a $200,000 bond the day she was arrested. She faces a maximum of five years in prison for each count against her, which could add up to 4-decades behind bars for the alleged encounters.


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