Middle school teacher arrested after masturbating in class with students present

‘Suspicious behavior’ behind desk leads to public indecency charge for substitute

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An area substitute teacher has been charged with public indecency, according to the Fairfield City School District.

The district posted to social media about a Jan. 8 incident involving a substitute teacher at Creekside Middle School. Officials said students reported suspicious behavior by the sub that was taking place behind a teacher’s desk.

School officials removed the teacher from the classroom once they became aware.

Tracey Abraham, 41 , now faces a count of public indecency. Police say they received complaints that he was masturbating in the classroom with students present.

At this time, the district is not aware of the sub having physical contact with any of the students or any of the students being exposed to nudity.

“We want to assure you that this individual will not be returning to our schools,” the district wrote to Facebook on Tuesday.

You can read that full post below.

In an attempt to keep our school community informed, we want to share some information with you about an incident that occurred on January 8, 2019 with a substitute teacher at Creekside Middle School. Students reported suspicious behavior by the substitute that was taking place behind that teacher’s desk. Once the administration at Creekside Middle School was made aware of this behavior, the school resource officer immediately removed the substitute teacher from the classroom and building. Later in the day, the substitute teacher was charged by the Fairfield Police Department with public indecency. At this time, the school district is not aware of the substitute teacher having physical contact with any of our students. In addition, we are not aware of any students being exposed to any nudity. The Creekside Middle School administrative team has made attempts to personally contact the parents/guardians of every student who was in this substitute teacher’s classroom today.

We want to assure you that this individual will not be returning to our schools. The school district will be reporting this incident to the Ohio Department of Education. Providing a safe, secure and positive learning environment for our students and staff has always been and will continue to be our most important priority. Our local Fairfield Police Department has again proven to be an outstanding partner in these types of unfortunate situations, and we greatly appreciate their service.

The Fairfield Police Department has also released a statement in regard to this matter. You may visit their website or social media accounts for more information.

Abraham is expected back in court Jan. 15.

According to court records, he has been ordered by a judge to stay away from all locations where there are children under the age of 18.

The Fairfield City School District contracts its substitute teachers through the Southwest Ohio Council of Governments. That council is run by the Butler County Educational Services Center, the entity that vets the subs.

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