Man Facing Sexual Imposition Charges Never Applied For Ohio Teaching License


Bond was set at $10,000 for the theater director at The Wellington School, one day after he was charged with gross sexual imposition.

A former Wellington School student claimed that Lawrence Dibble had inappropriate contact with her, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.

Dibble, 41, was arrested Wednesday.  He pleaded not guilty.

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Dibble allegedly fondled a student on school property last year.

The alleged victim was 18 at the time, Mallett reported. 

The alleged contact happened last year between April and May.  Prosecutors put a wire on the woman and sent her into school, where Dibble was accused of touching her again, Mallett reported.

Dibble has been a staff member at the Wellington school since 1998, but according to the Ohio Department of Education, Dibble never applied for a teaching license in Ohio but instead worked as a staff member at the school.

He passed all necessary background checks, school officials said.

"All Wellington employees go through the standard Ohio Department of Education FBI criminal background checks and Mr. Dibble was no exception," said Wellington's Assistant Head for Finance & Marketing Laura Cooke.

Those background checks would have picked up on any prior convictions.

Dibble had a revocation hearing in 1997 in Minnesota where he was employed as a licensed teacher, but no charges were ever filed, Mallett reported.

The Minnesota Board of Teaching hearing centered on accusations that Dibble had engaged in an improper relationship with a student.

Documents from the board show that Dibble did not admit guilt, but agreed to have his right to apply for a teaching license revoked for four years, Mallett reported.

Dibble never re-applied for a teaching license in Minnesota.

He also accompanied the Bexley High School theatre ensemble's 2003 trip to Scotland, Mallett reported.

Bexley's superintendent said Dibble was good friends with the drama director then and assisted with the productions. 

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February 4, 2010: Wellington Staffer Charged With Gross Sexual Imposition
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