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Teacher pleads guilty to menacing



Published: Tue, June 21, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Austintown

A Canfield man accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor has pleaded guilty to aggravated menacing.

Robert Marek Jr., 40, of Rebecca Drive in Canfield, entered his plea in Mahoning County Area Court on Monday to an amended charge of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. He also was required to surrender his teaching license.

Marek formerly was employed with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center and with the Austintown and Sebring school districts through MCESC, said his attorney, Scott Cochran.

In April, Marek was charged with gross sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, relating to a series of incidents beginning in July 2010, when he was accused of sending sexual text messages to an Austintown female who was 14 at the time, according to a police report.

The girl, who came forward with the accusations in January, told police that a few weeks after the text messages began, she saw Marek at Libby Field in Austintown. She said he hugged her then began to kiss her neck and lips, the report said.

Marek was fined $250, sentenced to 180 days in Mahoning County jail, which were suspended, put on two years’ probation and required to complete a counseling program.

Just before the victim filed her report in January, Marek pleaded guilty to public indecency for an incident that was filed in September 2010, said Cochran.

“He was walking his dog and had his hands down his pants,” the attorney said. “He stopped and looked into the window of someone who wasn’t at home.”

Cochran said Marek didn’t expose himself in that incident, but a neighbor saw him with his hands down his pants and called police. On that charge he was fined $500, given 60 days suspended in Mahoning County jail, and placed on 12 months’ probation.

“My intention was to get him out of teaching,” said Ken Cardinal, an assistant county prosecutor. “With two incidents now, he was developing a pattern, so I wanted to get him away from the children.”


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The fellow probably is on drugs and had a flashback to his youth . . ..

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2seekj325(1 comment)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

well hopefully more victims will now come forward because I am sure there are many more from the sounds of this guy!!!! The judge should be ashamed of himself!!!!! Hopefully he is also banned from that baseball field!!

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3scrappy62087(17 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I wonder why he isn't listed as a sex offender on the Mahoning County Sheriff's website...

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4piper143(2 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

probation? $750 in fines? suspended jail time? why isn't this pervert a registered sex offender?

he shouldn't be allowed to attend baseball games but he does to cheer on his son, holding his head high wearing dark sunglasses to hide his beaty eyes. eventhough his regular season is over, all stars started so marek will have yet another chance to scour the crowds.

at least canfield schools got rid of him. i cringe at the thought of seeing him at school functions. now austintown community baseball, basketball, and wrestling should take a closer look at banning him from attending sporting events. keeping him out of the concession stands wasn't enough.

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5andrew1967(36 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Mr. D.A. would you please again I say
please put down the donuts wipe the
chocolate from your shirt and do your
job hello mcfly came on what if this was
your kid bad D.A. no more donuts

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