WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former staff member with a Warren school was in court Friday to answer charges that he assaulted a fifth grade student.
Marcus Crum, 39, pleaded not guilty in Warren Municipal Court. Bond was set at $2,500 and he was ordered to stay away from the school.
Crum turned himself in early Friday following accusations from Jill Sweet, the mother of the student, who said Crum “slammed” her 11-year-old daughter into a locker when she refused to take off a headband.
Police charged Crum with misdemeanor assault. He was employed as a parent liaison but no longer works at the school.
John Natko, the Head of School at Steam Academy of Warren, says they’ve been working with police throughout the investigation.
“My main concern is that we work together to make sure this is a safe environment for the children,” he said.
Sweet said she is relieved Crum turned himself in.
“I think he did the right thing, for starters. I mean, the first step is answering for what you’ve done wrong,” she said.
Sweet said her daughter suffered injuries to her neck and head and was traumatized. She said the recovery process will be slow.
Detectives said surveillance video of the alleged assault happened in front of teachers and students. According to detectives, the video has been crucial to the investigation.
“Videos don’t lie. If it was on video then it was on video,” said Detective Nick Carney of the Warren Police Department.
WKBN attempted to talk with Crum in court, but he declined.
STEAM Academy is a public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.