CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A former teacher cuffed and stuffed after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Cleveland Police arrested Patrick Janson at his North Olmsted home Wednesday morning. The 42-year-old is accused of having sex with a former student at St. Joseph Academy.
It allegedly happened in the Fall of 2000 and lasted until the Spring of 2002. The 16-year-old student was a junior at the start of the relationship.
Janson is currently behind bars and under investigation for sexual battery. Charges have yet to be filed.
He worked as a drama teacher at the Academy - an all-girls school on Cleveland's Westside.
St. Joseph released the following statement:
Everyone at Saint Joseph Academy was saddened by the news today that Mr. Patrick Janson, a former teacher at Saint Joseph Academy , was arrested and charged with a crime because of a sexual relationship with a former student who graduated from Saint Joseph Academy some time ago. As soon as we had information about these allegations, we contacted the police and placed him on leave. He was instructed not to have contact with any members of the Saint Joseph Academy community. We terminated his employment today.
We are grateful to the Cleveland Police for their handling of this case. As soon as we notified them of the allegations, they made this case a top priority. Their behavior and approach with members of this community have been very professional and caring, making it easier for everyone here to get through this very difficult time.
This is devastating to everyone at Saint Joseph Academy. Every adult connected with our school has a responsibility to nurture and protect our students so they can reach their greatest potential. We are simply aghast that someone on our faculty apparently did harm to them.
We are proud of the young women who cooperated with this investigation and provided the information that led to his arrest. We know how traumatic that can be and, as a community, we are all praying for them and will offer them whatever support we can.
Saint Joseph Academy is a very special place and we cannot let the deeds of one individual - however contemptible - overshadow the good of so many.
Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis '71, President
Saint Joseph Academy