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Stark County Sheriff's Office arrests former middle school teacher for rape, gross sexual imposition

39-year-old Jason Neading has been arrested and charged with one count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.

CANTON, Ohio — On Sunday, the Stark County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of a former middle school teacher in connection to a sexual assault. 

According to officials, 39-year-old Jason Neading, a former teacher for the Sandy Valley School District, was arrested on Friday, April 16 around 9 p.m. for an active warrant on one count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition, both felony charges. 

Sandy Valley School District's Superintendent, David J. Fishcer, tells 3News that Neading was an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Sandy Valley Middle School for seven years before submitting his letter of resignation on March 15. 

"We take pride in assisting our local law enforcement officials and have cooperated with the Stark County Sheriff with their investigation and understand that this allegation was not school-related," said Fischer. "We will be accepting his resignation at our next Board of Education meeting."

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Neading is currently booked in the Stark County Jail awaiting his first court appearance. 

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the Stark County Sheriff’s Office at (330) 430-3800. Tips can also be sent in anonymously using the designated tip line at (330) 451-3937. 


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