Heather and Patrick O’Donnell from Bellefontaine, Ohio, were arrested and held in custody by authorities after a victim of Patrick’s came forward, admitting that the man raped her at least three times, starting at the age of 10.
Patrick was given 14 charges, including one for raping a child under the age of 13, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery. The wife, Heather, was arrested for child endangerment.
The victim had confided about what Patrick did to his wife, and instead of reporting it, she ignored it.
The Daily Mail reports:
Police say Patrick, the superintendent for Lake Local Schools, raped the girl three times over a period of three years starting when she was just 10.
The child allegedly confided in his wife but she did not report him.
According to an arrest report, the girl said she told the man’s wife he had touched her inappropriately in her ‘private parts’.
‘She reported that it happened several times between 2013 and 2016,’ Washington Township Police Chief Rick Core wrote in his report.
Heather is said to have confronted her husband about it but he downplayed the abuse, claiming they were innocent and happened while he was wrestling with the girl.
The girl was not a student in his district at the time. Police have not revealed her relationship to the man.
Heather O’Donnell is a superintendent at Midwest Regional Educational Service Center.
After their arrest on Tuesday, Lake Local Schools confirmed Patrick had been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
It is not yet clear if his wife has received the same discipline. Heather has four children from a previous marriage. Patrick has two daughters.
Washington Township Police Chief Core told The Springfield News-Sun he was not aware of any other potential victims.
Heather has four children from a previous marriage, and Patrick had two children himself.
The 6 children have been removed from the home for now and are in the care of a relative.