NEW PHILADELPHIA -- A Tuscarawas County grand jury returned five indictments against suspended Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District elementary teacher Jodi A. Kellish.
Charges against the 37-year-old Port Washington resident include three counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, misdemeanors of the first degree.
Officials allege Kellish engaged in a sexual relationship with a Newcomerstown High School student. The sexual battery charges are the result of this relationship.
The misdemeanor charges stem from allegations that Kellish provided to students or allowed them to use cigarettes and alcohol, both at her home and elsewhere, including on school grounds.
Four students -- identified only as victims one, two, three and four -- were listed in the indictment document. All were juveniles when the incidents alledgedly involving Kellish took place.
Allegations of misconduct surfaced late last year, according to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office. Kellish was suspended with pay March 1. She was ordered to have no contact with any students of the district, other than her own children.
At the time of her suspension, she served as a third-grade teacher at West Elementary School.
Det. Capt. Orvis Campbell of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office headed the investigation. He interviewed several juveniles and adults, though Kellish was not among them, having declined to be questioned on advice of her legal counsel.
Campbell is awaiting results from the state crime laboratory of testing on multiple cell phones, including two seized at Kellish's home.
After Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer withdrew from the case Guernsey County Prosecutor Daniel G. Padden stepped in as special prosecutor.
An arrignemnt hearing for Kellish is scheudled for 8:15 a.m. May 3 in the Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court.