Andre Berry, 23, is accused of inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl at school on multiple occasions.
WORTHINGTON, Ohio — A former Worthington middle school teacher’s aide is charged with gross sexual imposition for allegedly touching a student inappropriately, according to court records in Franklin County Municipal Court.
On Feb. 17, the principal of Perry Middle School notified Worthington police that a student reported that Andre Berry touched her inappropriately, according to court records.
The school district confirmed to 10TV that Berry, 23, is a special education assistant at the school.
The girl said Berry touched her “while she was at school in her locker and on her way to class,” police wrote in the court filing. The incidents are believed to have occurred between August 2021 and October 2021.
Court records indicate that in a phone conversation with school administrators, Berry admitted to touching the girl multiple times.
In a statement to 10TV, a spokesperson for the City of Worthington Schools wrote: “We take this issue very seriously. The situation was immediately reported to the Worthington Police Department, the Department of Education of the ‘Ohio and Franklin County Children’s Services. Mr. Berry immediately resigned.”
A warrant was issued for Berry’s arrest on March 11, and he was arrested on a third-degree felony charge on March 13.
Berry was arraigned in Franklin County Municipal Court on March 14 and was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond the same day.
As a condition of bail, he was ordered to stay away from the victim, all minors, and Perry Middle School.
The case was transferred to Franklin County Common Pleas Court on March 16. A new arraignment date has not yet been set.
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