Mario J. Flores, 43, Archbold, has been indicted on 14 counts of sexual battery by the Fulton County Grand Jury.
Flores has been the weight room supervisor at the Archbold High School, and was a former director of The Outback, a Christian youth center in Archbold operated by Defiance Area Youth For Christ.
Last week, Scott A. Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said Flores “allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a student at the school where he served” between the dates of Dec. 6, 2008, and March 29, 2009 (this was amended by the Fulton County Prosecutor Office during the defendant’s arraignment, Friday, July 2. The original information from the prosecutor’s office gave dates of Dec. 6, 2008 to March 29, 2010.).
David Deskins, superintendent, Archbold Area School District, said Flores was not an employee of the school district during the dates specified in the indictment.
Deskins said he is “not at liberty to comment” further on the indictments.
A prepared statement provided by Rick Jones, Defi ance Youth For Christ executive director, states, “Mr. Flores has not been affiliated with our organization in any capacity since April 17, 2007.
“Like all of you, we were deeply saddened and shocked when we learned through the press of the charges against Mario Flores. What little we know about the charges is from the press.”
An indictment is a first step in the criminal process. An indictment indicates there is enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against a person.
An indictment is no proof a person charged committed a crime.
Under the Ohio Revised Code, which is the state law, each type of offense is assigned a number, along with various subsections that identify specific situations.
Flores is charged with one count of sexual battery, 2907.03(A)(9), plus 13 counts of sexual battery, 2907.03(A)(7).
The description of 2907.03(A)(9) states Flores allegedly did “engage in sexual conduct with another, not the spouse of the said Mario J. Flores, when the other person was a minor, and the said Mario J. Flores was the other person’s athletic or other type of coach, was the other person’s instructor, was the leader of a scouting troop of which the other person was a member, or was a person with temporary or occasional disciplinary control over the other person.”
The description of subsection (A)(7) reads Flores “did engage in sexual conduct with another, not the spouse of the said Mario J. Flores, when the said Mario J. Flores was a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in a school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code, the other person was enrolled in or attended that school, and the said Mario J. Flores was not enrolled in and did not attend that school.”
The indictment alleges one count of sexual battery 2907(A)(9), and one count of sexual battery 2907(A)(7) occurred on or about Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.
The remaining counts are all 2907.03(A)(7). Count 3 allegedly occurred on or about Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.
The remaining 11 counts all occurred in 2010. There was one count each week for the weeks of Jan. 18 and 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22, and March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
If convicted, the maximum penalty for sexual battery, a third degree felony, is one to five years in prison.
The grand jury handed down the indictments against Flores on Monday, June 21. He was arrested the following day and booked into the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
He was in Fulton County Common Pleas Court for an initial appearance on Wednesday, June 23. At that appearance, he requested a court-appointed attorney. Clayton Gerbitz, Swanton, was assigned.
Bond for Flores was set at $100,000 cash. As of Monday, June 28, he was still being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
**Article corrected from original version, Friday, July 2, 10:45 pm