Northridge teacher indicted on sexual battery charge for suspected conduct with former student

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LICKING COUNTY, Ohio - A Northridge High School English teacher is being accused of sexual battery involving a former student within the district, according to a release from the superintendent.

Kristen Grow, charged with sexual battery, a third-degree felony, was indicted by the Licking County grand jury earlier in October for allegedly having sex with a male student who is no longer in the district.

Grow was arraigned in Licking County common pleas court Tuesday and given a personal recognizance bond.

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According to records obtained from the district by 10TV, Grow was placed on paid leave on Sept 18 and directed to stay off school grounds and have no contact with anyone from the district. On Oct. 4, the day of the indictment, she was suspended without pay.

In a review of Grow's personnel file with the Northridge Local School District, Grow's reviews are positive with no mention of other inappropriate actions with students or colleagues.

Scott Schmidt, Northridge Local School District Superintendent, issued a release to families saying in part:

It saddens me to inform you that Mrs. Grow, one of our high school English teachers, has been charged with sexual battery because of an inappropriate relationship with a former student. This type of behavior has no place in education and certainly is not tolerated here at Northridge Local Schools. We care about our students and their safety is our top priority.

The district has cooperated and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in every way possible to see that justice is done

Schmidt went on to say the district has cooperated fully with the investigation and placed Grow on leave.

The incident was first reported to the Licking County Sheriff's Office on August 10.

Grow is due in court Oct. 23 for an arraignment and bond hearing.