Thursday, August 02, 2001

Ex-teacher faces sex charge

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — A former middle school teacher and high school band choreographer has been arrested on sodomy charges.

        Brandon C. Foltz, 25, of the 900 block of Morris Street, Walnut Hills, has pleaded not guilty in Boone County to three counts of sodomy with a 15-year-old boy. If convicted of the felonies, Mr. Foltz could face up to five years in prison on each count.

        The two met over the Internet, Florence Police spokesman Lt. John Davis said. The boy did not attend Mr. Foltz's school.

        Mr. Foltz taught at Highlands Middle School last school year, but resigned this spring, said district Superintendent Larry Stinson. He said Mr. Foltz told school officials he planned to attend graduate school.

        Mr. Foltz contracted with Scott High School as a band choreographer, but has not worked at the high school since last October. Kenton County School District Deputy Superintendent Tim Hanner said Mr. Foltz quit because of his full-time teaching job at Highlands.

        Mr. Foltz does not have a criminal record.

        Police allege the incident took place last Aug. 5 at the boy's Florence apartment.

        Lt. Davis said Florence police began their investigation after receiving information from Crestview Hills/Lakeside Park police who were investigating another incident.

        A warrant for Mr. Foltz's arrest was issued July 20, and he turned himself in to authorities Tuesday. He was released from the Boone County jail after posting $500 bail.


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