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Rock Honoring Now Disgraced Teacher Removed

A memo­r­ial rock that had been in front of Pauld­ing Mid­dle School in honor of for­mer teacher Don Schnepp has been removed.

Last month, the Pauld­ing Exempted Vil­lage Board of Edu­ca­tion was asked to remove the rock after a for­mer stu­dent told the board that he was raped as an eighth-grader by a teacher in 1982. Now, it is known that the teacher was Schnepp.

Schnepp has since died, and his death was ruled a sui­cide.

Since then, other for­mer stu­dents have come for­ward to say that they too were allegedly molested by Schnepp more than 30 years ago while attend­ing school at Pauld­ing.

Pauld­ing County Sher­iff Jason Lan­ders says that due to the fact that Schnepp is dead, and that the alleged abuse hap­pened more than 30 years ago, there isn’t much that can be done now.

Accord­ing to the National Con­fer­ence of State Leg­is­la­tures web­site, Ohio’s spe­cial statute of lim­i­ta­tions for child­hood sex­ual abuse, which came into effect Aug. 3, 2006, states that the law gives vic­tims 12 years from their age of major­ity to bring actions against their perpetrators.

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