Former teacher's aide, coach sentenced after relationship with student
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A former teacher aide and track coach convicted of sexual battery, forgery, and tampering was sentenced to 5 years of community control Tuesday.
Donte Murphy worked at Ponitz from 2014 to early 2016, during which time investigators said he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
"I was disappointed," Lamont Skipper said.
Murphy coached Skipper's son in track.
"The way Ponitz kept it hush, they really weren't saying too much, that was disappointing as a parent because you would want to know what's going on," hesaid.
The judge said the victim was 18 when the sexual battery occurred between February and May 2016.
"Who has repeatedly made it abundantly clear that she does not want Mr. Murphy incarcerated or sentenced to prison," said the judge.
Murphy was sentenced to five years community control, and ordered to have no contact with the victim.
He could go to prison for three years if he violates his probation.
"I don't wish prison on anybody," Skipper said. "It's sad that maybe the parent of the girl didn't get the justice that they wanted, but Donte his name's going to be pretty much tarnished out here."
FOX 45 caught up with Murphy after court, but he would not give any comment about the sentencing.
"He knows what he did was wrong and he has to live with that," he said.
Murphy had a bench trial, meaning the judge decided his fate not a jury.
Even though the victim was 18 and it was consensual sex, he was in a teaching capacity making it a crime and that's why he was charged with sexual battery.
Murphy does not have to register as a sex offender.