Teacher arrested for sex with student

An EHOVE Career Center teacher was arrested Thursday for having an ongoing sexual relationship with his 16-year-old student late last year, deputies said.
Courtney Astolfi
Nov 15, 2013
Michael Edwards, 47, of the 1200 block of Wickford Place in Huron, was charged Thursday with one count of sexual battery, a thirddegree felony.

Edwards allegedly had sex with the girl numerous times starting in fall 2012 and ending sometime before the new year, ErieCounty Detective Dennis Papineau said. The pair would have sex in buildings and vehicles at various locations around the county — Sandusky, Huron, Milan Township and, at times, his family’s Wickford Place home, Papineau said.    Edwards even touched the girl inappropriately inside the school at least once, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

The encounters appear to be consensual, and deputies said they have no reason to suspect the acts were coercive. Still, Edwards’ position of authority ultimately landed him the charges, Sigsworth said.

On Thursday, Erie County deputies interviewed the Milan-area girl he had sex with — she is now 17— as well as a 17-year-old Monroeville-area student who received sexually suggestive text messages from Edwards during this school year, Papineau said.

“Based on the text messages we reviewed, he was pursuing it and she wanted nothing to do with it,” Papineau said of the Monroeville girl.

But that is not how Edwards’ relationship with the Milan girl played out late last year, deputies said. Edwards and the girl initially shared a friendship and began texting one another, but those exchanges quickly escalated to sexually suggestive messages, Papineau said.

The allegations came to light when school officials received an anonymous letter detailing Edwards’ conduct, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said. That information was then passed on to the school’s resource officer and Erie County Children’s Services on Wednesday. Between then and Edwards’ arrest at about 4 p.m. Thursday, deputies conducted interviews with both girls.

“Based off those interviews, we had enough probable cause to arrest him,” Oliver said.

“This became a top priority for (our detectives) after we were notified yesterday,” Sigsworth said. “You need to get on something like that as quickly as you can.”

Edwards has since been placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation, EHOVE superintendent Sharon Mastroianni said.

“EHOVE is always concerned about student and staff safety,” Mastroianni said. “When we hear news like this, we act immediately and take appropriate action.”

Edwards remains in the Erie County jail without bond.

Comments

VOTENO

And we keep passing levy after levy for them. Nice.

PoppaWidge

Help me here. What does passing a levy have to do with a teacher using such poor judgment? Are you saying that passing the levy enabled the teacher and if you had not passed a levy...

I have trouble following your logic.

haint

Don't bother trying to follow his logic it's a waste of time.

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bnjjad

You really want 0 education for kids don't you?

Justme...

VOTENO by "we" I assume you don't include yourself, for I doubt you will ever, or have ever, voted yes for a school levy. For that reason, I have written off all your opinions.

BabyMomma

^^thats dumb^^

whattheBucks

Voteno, are you one of those grumpy a$$ old men that sit around and complain and disagree with everything ?? Do you sit around at night and yell at the people on wheel of fortune for missing a letter ? I just picture you as the comic strip crankshaft ! Only worse.

Aprillove13

I do not know what this has to do with voting to pass levies for EHOVE. I went to EHOVE and I loved it and had a great last 2 years of school. This kind of stuff happens all over the place now. It just happened in Norwalk last school year and your not saying we need to stop passing the levy for that school are you? Your comment is seriously one of the most ignorant things I read on here. EHOVE does have many teachers that love and care for their students and want them to succeed in life. Two years after I graduated I needed a little review on my career class and my old teacher did not think twice about reviewing with me. Do not let one ignorant teacher make the school look bad.

From the Grave

I VOTEYES~you should be unplugged from life support.

The Bizness

Did he teach plumbing? :)

2grandkids

I believe he taught the cooking program. But I get the satire!

Unassumer

While I have my own issues with EHOVE I don't really think it's their fault that this guy is a perv.

BabyMomma

Nor is it their fault the girl is a sexual deviant!

whattheBucks

It is not the schools fault, the yes voters fault, the no voters fault, the staffs fault our anyone else you can think of, and I'm sorry, but you can't even blame the young girl that much, this falls completely on the teacher !! Its his fault that this went where it did, obviously the dudes a pervert, as he was texting and trying to lure another girl who refused, kudos to that girl for being strong and saying no. To the other girl who said yes, this is something you will have to live with the rest of your life, and you'll always have that label of that girl who...... I wish you well and i hope you have learned a huge lesson for all the people who this has effected

BabyMomma

It went on for months at multiple locations and she didn't tell on him, someone else told on them. You can't blame the girl?!?! You can blame the heck out of her. Are you serious? The teacher is definitely the bigger p.o.s. But the girl had zero regrets and apparently wanted it as much as he did.

whattheBucks

Eeeeeeeasy babymomma. If you go back and read what i said, i said "that much" which means that there is some blame on her part. If you read the comment of one of his previous students, this had been going in for sometime, and if i had to bet i bet there are others or there. This piece of scum used his authority to prey on his students. To get what he wanted. I have no idea who the girl is or her up bringing, but its obvious he saw an opportunity on someone and to advantage of it. I'm not saying we should start a support campaign for this girl because she is old enough to know right from wrong, but this jerk knows how to go about it and get in these kids heads

MBR

The girl was a MINOR. He was in a position of authority and control over her. It doesn't matter if she walked into his classroom naked and propositioned him--he was the adult, the teacher, and the one being paid by our tax dollars. It fell entirely upon him to NOT have sex or engage in unacceptable behavior with students. Also, it is inappropriate to refer to a minor who has been victimized as a "sexual deviant"....

whattheBucks

Totally agree mbr

kingj0n

Her age was okay... The bad part is that he is a teacher and she is the student, which makes the age 16 AoC in Ohio to 18 in Ohio....
If he wasn't that, and was just some old dude, then nothing bad happened....

Home Boy

"VOTENO" in itself tells you where this dude is coming from. All subsequent posts are right on. What a jerk. I know, the Register will probably take this down, but I'll find a different way to get my point across.

VOTENO

Such a strong lady you are.

Centauri

How soon the people of Erie County, Ohio forget.

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/...
"No charges have been filed, but an EHOVE instructor is looking for a new job." (Dec 15, 2010)

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...
"Erie County Sheriff's deputies are investigating allegations that an EHOVE instructor had an inappropriate relationship with one or more high school students. Sheriff's Detective Jared Oliver wouldn't release more information about the ongoing investigation, including the suspect's name." (Dec 15, 2010)

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...
"Jason's Mailbag: EHOVE teacher allegations" (Mar 28, 2011)
"According to Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth, investigators are still working the case against Ned McElfresh. But the McElfresh case obviously took a backseat to the Officer Dunn shooting last week, and it's not known when it will become a priority again."

QUESTION: How is that investigation coming along? Swept under the rug?

http://www.toledoblade.com/Polic...
"MILAN, Ohio - The Erie County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations that a teacher at a vocational school had sexual contact with a student."
(Published: 2/24/2005)

bnjjad

This has what to do with this case? Completely different person for the first 3 articles and we don't even know where it was left off.

Do you not like EHOVE? Do you think everyone is a criminal there? Do you think the students are "questionable" like the stigma that surrounds Vocational Education facilities like EHOVE?

Quick search shows similar articles for Huron, Norwalk, Sandusky, and Perkins. Guess we should just close all of the schools and teach kids ourselves.

Centauri

"This has what to do with this case?"

SELECTIVE PROSECUTION

Some get a free pass and others get charged.

bnjjad

Some are innocent or wrongly accused.

Considering I have not seen any other evidence of the "others" being found guilty or that they really did do it, you probably have not either.

YOU have already marked them as GUILTY in your mind. INNOCENT BEFORE PROVEN GUILTY.

I hate slander lawsuits as i firmly believe in 1st amendment rights and being "PC" is over rated, but man, their are times that I wish in cases like this it could be done. I bet if he is found innocent by a jury of his peers you would still say he is guilty. If you ever find yourself on a jury, you should remove yourself because you cannot be impartial.

*I do not know the facts of this or any other investigation and pull my comments from my mind where Innocent before proven guilty is number one and my thoughts are based on the information that is given to me.

Centauri

EDIT: I am an advocate of innocent people who are victims of corrupt prosecutors and judges.

I removed part of my comment because the writer of the comment edited the comment seconds before I posted previously.

PREVIOUS COMMENT:
bnjjad
Fri, 11/15/2013 - 1:39pm
Some are innocent or wrongly accused.
Considering I have not seen any other evidence of the "others" being found guilty or that they really did do it, you probably have not either.
YOU have already marked them as GUILTY in your mind. INNOCENT BEFORE PROVEN GUILTY.
I hate slander lawsuits as i firmly believe in 1st amendment rights and being "PC" is over rated, but man, their are times that I wish in cases like this it could be done. I bet if he is found innocent by a jury of his peers you would still say he is guilty. If you ever find yourself on a jury, you should remove yourself because you cannot be impartial.
*I do not know the facts of this or any other investigation and pull my comments from my mind where Innocent before proven guilty is number one and my thoughts are based on the information that is given to me.

bnjjad

Then I apologize for going that strong with that. I did the same thing that I hate so much, but some of the comments are staring to annoy me about these type of situations. (Not just about this particular case either)

Centauri

I accept your apology.

legalpublicadvocate

I like your thought process Centauri. I think we should work together as a public advocate team.

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