Oklahoma City JROTC instructor accused of sexual battery against a student26-Sep-2016
An Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher has been arrested after a student accused him of touching her inappropriately last week.
John Marshall Mid-High School JROTC instructor Paul Bianchi, 52, of Edmond, was arrested Friday at the school on complaints of sexual battery. His arrest came after a student says that the instructor touched her inappropriately as she waited for him to give her a ride home after school last Wednesday.
The girl told investigators that, after she asked for a ride home, Bianchi told her to wait in his classroom. While in the classroom, the girl complained to her teacher that she was tired. She says the man then began to rub her shoulders and inappropriately touched her chest.
She told police that she asked him, “What are you doing?” and he got up and turned off the light and shut the classroom door. She says she asked him once again, “What is going on?” to which he allegedly replied “that he had better stop before he does something foolish.”
The girl told police that the instructor then took her home, but called her about half an hour after dropping her off to “check on her.”
Oklahoma City Public Schools district officials released the following statement regarding the incident:
“On September 23, 2016 administrators at John Marshall Mid-High School were notified by a student about inappropriate behavior by the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructor. School administrators contacted Oklahoma City Police immediately, and an internal investigation by Oklahoma City Public School (OKCPS) was conducted as well with quick action taken by administrators to remove the instructor from the classroom.
As a result of the preliminary investigation by police the instructor, was taken into custody and arrested. The employee is currently on administrative leave with pay pending the ongoing investigation. The employee has been with OKCPS since September of 2008.”
Oklahoma County Jail records do not show that the accused man is currently in custody, and court records do not indicate that he has yet been charged with any crime.
If ultimately charged with sexual battery, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration if convicted. Sexual battery refers to unwanted or nonconsensual physical sexual contact with a person aged 16 or older, or any sexual contact—even apparently consensual—between a person under the legal supervision or authority of another, including contact between a school district employee and a student aged 16-20 years old.
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