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Police nab Springfield Twp. firefighter instructor accused of sex abuse


SPRINGFIELD TWP. — UPDATE @ 11 a.m. (April 21) Jonathan Scott Monroe appeared in court and pleaded not guilty. A judge set bond at $100,000.

UPDATE @ 9:54 a.m. (April 21)

Springfield police have arrested Jonathan Monroe, the former Springfield Twp. firefighter accused of sexually assaulting teens in the fire department's cadet program.  Monroe was arrested this morning and is expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court today to be arraigned on charges of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, compelling prostitution and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

UPDATE @ 5:21 p.m. (April 20) 

A 23-year-old man is wanted on multiple charges accusing him of rape and sexual battery involving minors enrolled in the Springfield Twp. Fire Department cadet program. 

According to an affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court this afternoon, Jonathan Scott Monroe -- a training instructor and cadet adviser at the time of the alleged offenses -- is accused of the following: 

  • Victim 1: Rape, gross sexual imposition, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery 
  • Victim 2: Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery  
  • Victim 3: Sexual battery  
  • Victim 4: Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and compelling prostitution
  • Springfield Twp. firefighter training instructor accused of sexually abusing cadets

The charges involve four victims — who now are 15 years to 17 years old — under whom he had authority as their training instructor. 

An arrest warrant was filed for Monroe after he had agreed on April 18 to surrender to authorities and failed to do so. 

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On April 5, Monroe came to the Springfield Police Division and asked to speak with detectives. It was then that he admitted he committed the crimes through access he had with the children through the cadet program. 

According to the affidavit, Monroe told police Detective Sandra Fent he was 15 or 16 years old when he first sexually touched one of the victims, a 9-year-old boy, at random times for roughly six years. 

The last occurrence was in March, Monroe told the detective, and he offered the boy $40 to engage in sexual touching.

Monroe said he and a second victim touched sexually only once, about a year ago.

He told authorities he engaged in sex with another of the victims 10 or more times in the child's bedroom. 

Monroe told authorities he "can't even begin to guess how money he paid" a fourth victim, with whom he engaged in sexual conduct in March. That victim was 15 at the time.

About 5 p.m., we learned from the Springfield Twp. trustees that Monroe resigned as a volunteer firefighter, though the date of his resignation is not immediately known.

The trustees said they would have no further comment.

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