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Kettering Board Member James Trent Resigns

KETTERING -- Kettering City School officials announced today that school board member James Trent has resigned.

Superintendent Jim Schoenlein released this statement:
 
"We are saddened by James Trent's recent difficulty. We appreciate Mr. Trent allowing the Kettering School District to carry on its important business without distraction.

"We are grateful for Mr. Trent's many years of service to the Kettering City School District and the Kettering community.  We wish him well."



Earlier coverage:

KETTERING -- We spoke to Kettering's police chief about the misdemeanor charges leveled against James Trent. Chief Jim O'Dell told us, "It's serious against anyone, no man is above, no man is below the law, it's a serious offense, period."

The 80 year old is accused of demanding a hug from a 22-year-old woman he knew, and when she hugged him, according to court records, he then grabbed her aggressively and grabbed her buttocks. 

Neighbors were shocked.

"That's bizarre, I don't know what to say about that, I wouldn't have expected that at all," said one neighbor, who was not identified.

Trent now faces sexual imposition and disorderly conduct charges.

His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 26.



Earlier coverage:

KETTERING -- A school board president has been accused of gross sexual imposition after a 22-year-old woman says he asked for a hug and kiss, then grabbed her buttocks.

James Trent, 80, a former teacher, principal and superintendent, has been charged with gross sexual imposition and disorderly conduct. His accuser says the incident happened on Sept. 13 and she reported it to police on Sept. 16.

According to the Kettering City Schools' website, Trent and his wife, Pat, have lived in Kettering for more than forty years. James Trent has been on the school board for 12 years, and has served as its president for the last 10 years.

He retired from the position of Kettering Superintendent in 1991. His term on the school board runs through November 2015. He and Pat have two children and four grandchildren.

His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 26.

 
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