Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Former Delhi Township religion teacher admits sex crimes

Former Delhi Township religion teacher admits sex crimes
By Kimball Perry •
A 51-year-old former religion teacher admitted Tuesday he had sex with a 14-year-old girl, crimes that could send Salvatore Magro to prison for 15 years.

Magro pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in exchange for prosecutors dropping three additional charges.

Magro and his wife took the then-14-year-old girl into their home last year after her mother was having trouble with her following surgery. Two weeks later, the wife told the teen to leave.

She returned home -- and Salvatore Magro went with her, convincing the teen’s mother to let him move in with them in their Delhi Township home until he found an apartment. The mother said she didn’t know her teen daughter was having sex with Magro.

Magro, who bought the girl a gold ring and told her they were married, admitted he had intercourse with the teen three times – April 9, May 9 and May 10 when the child was 15. Prosecutors said he had sex with her three other times when she was 14, but they dropped those charges as part of the plea deal.

After his arrest, Magro was freed under the condition he stay away from the teen. Hours later, though, he sent her e-mails asking her to run away with him and was arrested again.

Magro’s attorney, Jack Rubenstein, said Magro has undergone private professional evaluations of his mental status that will be discussed when Magro is sentenced Aug. 5. The case is before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge John “Skip” West.

Because Magro has a relative who works for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, a special prosecutor – Daniel “Woody” Breyer, an assistant prosecutor in Clermont County – prosecuted the case.

Magro worked at a Downtown bank when arrested but he used to teach religion and social studies to elementary students at Delhi Township’s Our Lady of Victory school until 2008.

As a sex offender, Magro will have to report his address to authorities every six months for 25 years.

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