Ohio residents are furious after discovering that a local school district is reportedly withholding information about a student who has been accused of raping a 9-year-old. Despite these allegations, the suspect is still attending classes and participating in sports activities without any consequences.

Hudson High School in the midst of a storm of controversy after it was revealed that one of its senior students, Jeremiah Earl Stoehr, 18 years old, has been attending school and participating in sports despite facing serious allegations of rape and kidnapping involving a 9-year-old child. Stoehr was indicted on February 7, 2024, on charges of rape, kidnapping, and gross sexual imposition, with the alleged offenses taking place around December 2, 2023.

The accusations against Stoehr have sparked outrage among the community, especially students and parents connected to Hudson High. Many are expressing anger towards Judge Alison Breaux’s perceived lenient treatment of the defendant and then-Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh’s office’s lackluster response. Stoehr, who pleaded not guilty, was released on a $25,000 bond, only having to pay $2,500 to get out of jail. He was placed on free-range GPS monitoring with maximum pretrial supervision and a curfew, and was prohibited from contacting the alleged victim. Despite these restrictions, Stoehr was allowed to attend school events such as track meets, a track banquet, and potentially even the school prom, while wearing an ankle monitor.

School officials have been faced with questions and criticism about why Stoehr was allowed to continue his school activities despite the serious charges against him. The community has expressed concerns about the safety of other students and the potential risks involved in allowing someone accused of such serious crimes to have access to minors. An online petition has been circulating, calling for Stoehr’s suspension from school until the conclusion of his trial to ensure the safety of all students.

In response to the outcry, Hudson City Schools issued a statement confirming that they were aware of the police investigation involving the alleged sexual assault by one of their high school students. They emphasized that the incident did not occur on school property and did not involve another student from the school district. The district reiterated that student safety is their top priority and that supportive measures have been put in place since the issue was brought to their attention.

Despite the legal constraints and privacy policies limiting the information that school officials can disclose, the community continues to demand transparency and accountability in handling such a sensitive and concerning situation. The case has brought to light the challenges and complexities of balancing student rights with ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for all individuals within the school community.