Second sex misconduct accusation filed against Indian Valley teacher


A second protection order request has been filed in Clark County Common Pleas Court against an Indian Valley teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student.

Second-grade teacher Larry Yowler is named in a protection order request filed Thursday alleging that he inappropriately touched a child at the school. Yowler’s attorney, Samuel Petroff, couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Thursday evening but had released a statement before the Springfield News-Sun uncovered the second allegation.

RELATED: Greenon teacher accused of sex misconduct a 20-year employee

“Mr. Yowler has done nothing wrong,” the statement says. “He is dedicated to the teaching profession and has been so for the past 20-plus years.”

Yowler has been on paid leave since Jan. 24, pending the outcome of the first protection order request, according to a letter from the district to him. The board of education considered a resolution to place him on unpaid suspension and begin termination proceedings at an emergency meeting Tuesday but tabled a decision on that.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has launched a criminal investigation into Yowler but no charges have been filed.

In the second protection order request, a woman accuses the teacher of misconduct with her daughter, who’s described as an older Indian Valley student who served as a teaching aide.

“Mr. Yowler has on multiple occasions hugged the minor child while grabbing minor child’s buttocks,” the protection order request says. “Mr. Yowler on multiple occasions has tried to physical force the minor child to sit on his lap.”

Yowler allegedly also asked the child to brush his hair, the second protection order request says.

FOLLOW: Indian Valley employee placed on leave amid child sex allegations

“Mr. Yowler on multiple occasions has given minor child lower back (into buttocks area) and shoulder rubs,” the request says.

The second protection order request also accuses Yowler of trying to weigh the student against her will.

“Mr. Yowler has also requested minor child read to him while he sat behind his desk,” the request says. “Minor child has witnessed Mr. Yowler place other female students on his lap behind his desk. Minor child has also witnessed Mr. Yowler force others onto the scale.”

In the first protection order request filed in January, a mother accuses Yowler of touching her daughter’s private area and making her sit on his lap during reading time. A court hearing on that first request will be held Friday.

A hearing has been set for the second request on March 5.

Three parents — two of whom said they have children in his class — spoke to the school board Wednesday night before the second allegation surfaced and defended Yowler.

READ: Parents show support for Greenon teacher accused

They said he’s a good teacher and should be back in the classroom.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Crime

Accused dealer took ferry, brought children on drug buy, police say
Accused dealer took ferry, brought children on drug buy, police say

A New York man accused for his part in a heroin and fentanyl distribution ring commuted from the Bronx to Staten Island to sell the illicit drugs -- and took his children on a drug buy, police said. >> Read more trending news  Steven Ildefonso was one of six suspects arrested and indicted Thursday, the New York Daily News reported. ...
Tennessee man admits to whipping child, 6, to death with extension cord
Tennessee man admits to whipping child, 6, to death with extension cord

A Tennessee man was arrested for whipping his 6-year-old child to death with an extension cord, police said. >> Read more trending news  Memphis police said Donald Rich, the child’s stepfather, called 911 after the child “began to throw up and became unresponsive.” The incident happened Wednesday.  The...
Police arrest suspect in stabbing death of DC jogger
Police arrest suspect in stabbing death of DC jogger

Police in Washington, D.C., arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him in the fatal stabbing of a woman jogging through the city, the Washington Post reported. >> Read more trending news  Anthony Marquell Crawford was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Wendy Martinez, 35, who was attacked shortly before 8...
Tracking showers, threat for strong storms expected today
Tracking showers, threat for strong storms expected today

Quiet and mild morning Chance strong storms later afternoon/evening Big cool down for weekend  TODAY: A quiet and mild morning with temperatures quickly climbing by early afternoon into the upper 80s. A cold front will help spark off a broken line of showers and storms.  “An isolated strong storm is possible with wind being...
Jet Airways flight in India forced to return due to low cabin pressure
Jet Airways flight in India forced to return due to low cabin pressure

A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur in India was forced to turn back Thursday when 30 passengers complained of nose and ear bleeds because of low pressure in the cabin, CNN reported Thursday. >> Read more trending news  "The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai," Jet Airways ...
More Stories