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

Garth Brooks supports March for Our Lives protesters with new song
Garth Brooks supports March for Our Lives protesters with new song

Garth Brooks played a never-before-released song on his Facebook series, “Inside Studio G,” this week in support of Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez and the upcoming “March for Our Lives” protest happening across the country this Saturday, March 24. >> Read more trending news  In the final segment of...
Justice Dept. announces proposal to ban bump stocks ahead of anti-gun rally in DC
Justice Dept. announces proposal to ban bump stocks ahead of anti-gun rally in DC

The Department of Justice announced a proposal Friday to ban bump stocks, device that essentially convert semiautomatic weapons into machine guns. The announcement came just a day ahead of the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington. >> Read more trending news   Thousands of young people are expected to converge on the...
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs year-round daylight saving time measure
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs year-round daylight saving time measure

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing off on a measure that would let Florida stay on daylight saving time all year long. >> Read more trending news  Scott on Friday signed 74 bills into law, including the "Sunshine Protection Act." The measure won't take effect unless Congress also changes federal law. But if Congress were to go...
Mother crashed car into pole to prove to kids God is real, police say
Mother crashed car into pole to prove to kids God is real, police say

Police say a mother intentionally crashed her SUV into a pole to prove to her two small children that God is real. >> Read more trending news  Investigators say Bakari Warren, 25, told officers after the crash that she did it on purpose to show her kids that if they believe, God would protect them. The crash and the 5- and 7-year-old kids&rsquo...
Springfield NAACP threats connected with fired firefighter
Springfield NAACP threats connected with fired firefighter

A threatening letter sent to the Springfield NAACP president earlier this week has prompted an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The letter contained “threats of violence and racial epithets,” in response to comment made by NAACP President Denise Williams to the media, Springfield officials said. RELATED...
More Stories