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AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -

The Austintown Board of Education passed a resolution Friday to terminate the employment of social studies teacher John Dietz for potential violations of the code of professional conduct for Ohio educators.

Dietz had been on paid administrative leave since this past winter when allegations surfaced involving one student. Since that time, school officials learned about allegations involving four more female students. The 48-year-old allegedly sent texts to students and engaged in inappropriate conversations. Austintown police investigated, but filed no charges in the case.

The resolution approved by the board indicates that Dietz plans to fight his termination through the grievance procedure.

The resolution outlines allegations that led to the termination which include:

Dietz engaged in multiple instances of professional misconduct including instances involving at least five female students.

Inappropriate touching of female students in connection with at least two photographs in which Dietz picked up two female students in the air on his own initiative and his hands appear to be on, or near the female student's stomach, leg and buttocks

Dietz referred to the Superintendent as an "a-hole" and a "jerk off" in texts to female students.

Texting a student about tequila and "good drinking music".

Inappropriate communications with female students.

Asked female students for their cell phone numbers

Called, or attempted to call female students on their personal cell phones on multiple occasions

Texted five female students on their cell phones on multiple occasions from at least the end of October 2013 to April 2014

Texted female students both in the morning before school started, as well as the night time

Some texts were made at 10:00 p.m. or later

Texts were not academic related

Some responses from the female students included, "You love us"

Dietz texted at least five female students before, during, and after school hours, at times when he was supposed to be instructing students

Contacted female students on snow days or spring break when school was not in session on weekends

Texted female female students to ask them if they wanted him to buy them lunch at Subway

Texted at least five female students to invite them to lunch or breakfast at various times outside of school hours and without asking for parental permission or otherwise communicating with their parents

Dietz refers to particular female students as his "angels" and "buddies"

Told a female student, "I love you - you're special to me" when he was alone with her in his classroom

Dietz told other female students that he loved them

Gave female students gifts, including a massage gift card worth $80 to one female student and became upset when she did not use it and returned it to him.  Dietz also sent a text reminder every day for a week to schedule a massage.

Dietz texted a female student photographs of himself posing with other female students with his arms around all three girls.

Dietz sent a female student a photograph of himself sitting in his classroom eating an apple with the caption "Conceived in a Cadillac"

Dietz texted, "Yep - they suck" in response to the female student's negative comment in a text about the school's dance line during a basketball game

Dietz texted the female student, stating "I need a pic with my angels - where are they?"

Dietz texted the female student about her parents, older sibling, and her family relationships, including a text which referred to the student's sibling as a "demon spawn"

Other texts to a female student included:

"I'd pay to get a pic of u on the back of that [moped]

"U work tomorrow? 6-10. Maybe I'll come in and buy something from ya"

"Sandwich and coffee were awesome -- I could taste the love they were made with"

"[Name of other female student] and I texted all nite. Now we're BFF's"

"Lmao" - "Cuz the a-hole took so long to cancel"

"yah and you were telling me not to text yu - good thing I ignored your advice"

Dietz continued texting female students even after they allegedly told him to stop.

Dietz admitted to "horse-playing" with female students and smacking one of them

At least one of the female students reported that Mr. Dietz made her uncomfortable with his comments and his touching her when he picked her up in the air

Dietz texted another female student to ask her when or where her prom was, even though as a teacher he easily had access to such  information

Dietz texted another female student about taking a shot of tequila and her music preferences, including a statement from him regarding his belief that Jimmy Buffet was "good drinking music"

Dietz texted female students from his home address when he asked them on a snow day to bring him "some Dunkin"

Dietz purchased lunch for students on approximately seven or eight separate occasions

Dietz had multiple photos stored on his school computer of him posing with at least five female students, frequently in their homecoming and prom gowns

Dietz picked up a female student into the air on his own initiative and had a photo taken in which his hands are, or near the female student's stomach and leg while the classroom door was closed and class was not in session

Dietz requested certain female students to take photographs of him with specific female students, often with his arms around the girls

Dietz picked up another female student in the air and held her long enough with her on his back and and her legs over his shoulder to obtain a photo, which shows what appears to be him touching a region of her buttock

Dietz does not appear to have photos of himself with male students, nor has he treated or interacted with male students similarly

Dietz told a female student that an ex-girlfriend was coming into town and staying with him

Female students have told administrators that they feel "weird" around Mr. Dietz

Female students have stated that Mr. Dietz treats them as if they are in an adult

A search of Ohio Department of Education records show no disciplinary action has been taken against Dietz.

According to the Code of Professional Conduct from the Ohio Department of Education, educators shall maintain a professional relationship with all students at all times, both in and out of the classroom. Soliciting, encouraging, engaging or consummating an inappropriate relationship with a student or minor is considered conduct unbecoming of a teacher.

Punishment for violations of the code range from suspension to revocation of a teaching license.

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