Police: Springfield Twp. firefighter ‘tearful’ during alleged confession


A former Springfield Twp. firefighter pleaded not guilty Friday in Clark County Common Pleas Court to several charges after he was accused of sexually assaulting teens in the fire department’s cadet program.

Jonathan Scott Monroe, 23, of 141 The Post Road, Apt. G, Springfield, faces charges that include three counts each of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery, as well as single counts of gross sexual imposition, rape and compelling prostitution, according to court records.

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.

READ MORE: Police nab Springfield Twp. firefighter instructor accused of sex abuse

“This was an interesting investigation from the start because we had the suspect come to us to share some information about some incidents he had been involved in over a number of years,” said Sgt. Joe Tedeschi, of the Springfield Police Division.

Monroe showed up at the Springfield Police Division earlier this month and allegedly confessed to assaulting the teens over the last several years, with the latest incident occurring last month.

DETAILS: Springfield Twp. firefighter accused of assaulting cadets for years

“Monroe was very tearful,” Detective Sandra Fent wrote in a police affidavit.

The alleged abuse began when Monroe was also a teenager, according to court records, and reportedly continued for several years. The affidavit says Monroe turned himself into police on April 5, but investigators couldn’t arrest him until they also interviewed the victims.

Monroe resigned from his position at the fire department by sending an email to the fire chief on April 6, Springfield Twp. Trustee Tim Foley said.

MORE CRIME NEWS: West Liberty School shooting victim gets back brace off

“I do not know why he chose to come to us at that time and share with us some of these events he’d been involved in,” Tedeschi said.

Foley said Monroe no longer has any connection with the fire department. He also said the cadet program is under review.

CRIME: Springfield woman charged in alleged fanny pack, beer can assault

Victims of sexual abuse should know help is available, Tedeschi said.

“There’s many services available for folks who find themselves in these types of situations,” Tedeschi said. “For adults as well as juveniles.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Police: Man with ‘ornate umbrella’ thought to be rifle causes hospital lockdown
Police: Man with ‘ornate umbrella’ thought to be rifle causes hospital lockdown

A hospital in Washington state was locked down Wednesday morning after police say a doctor saw a man with what was believed to be a rifle inside the facility. The image was caught on a surveillance camera. Kirkland, Washington, police Officer Cody Mann said officers searched the EvergreenHealth Medical Center room by room. The hospital released a surveillance...
Pastor: Community ‘in shock’ after news about Good Samaritan closing
Pastor: Community ‘in shock’ after news about Good Samaritan closing

Hours after Good Samaritan Hospital officials announced Wednesday that the facility will close later this year, reaction about the community impact has been wide ranging. "It's devastating news, I was shocked" said Daryl Ward, pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton.  His church is just down the street from Good Samaritan Hospital,...
Cordray say Trump administration trying to ease payday lending rules
Cordray say Trump administration trying to ease payday lending rules

Richard Cordray may be campaigning for the governor of Ohio, but he still has strong feelings about his former role as the nation’s top consumer watchdog. In a series of tweets, Cordray lambasted his replacement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for deciding to reconsider a rule aimed at protecting consumers from abusive payday lending...
Job outlook is promising for Good Samaritan employees, official says
Job outlook is promising for Good Samaritan employees, official says

After Wednesday’s announcement that Good Samaritan Hospital will shut its doors for good at the end of the year, many in the Miami Valley are wondering what will happen to the facility’s 1,600 employees. The hospital’s parent company, Premier Health, said its goal is to offer jobs to all those employees at its other facilities in...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes into tree after helping car stuck in snow
Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes into tree after helping car stuck in snow

It could be said that former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has some of the best driving skills ever, having made a living out of going more than 200 miles an hour on some of our country’s toughest racetracks. Yet, with snow involved, Earnhardt got into some trouble while trying to help other people stuck in the weather. >> Read more...
More Stories