Teacher accused of sex abuse

Friday, October 16, 1998

BY WILLIAM A. WEATHERS
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Cincinnati elementary school teacher has been arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with sexually abusing two boys there.

Cpl. Robert Ruskowski of Folcroft Borough Police Department said Thursday he had arrested William R. Sparks after investigating a complaint from the two boys' mother.

Mr. Sparks, 36, a teacher at Millvale Primary School in Cumminsville, is charged with indecent assault, sexual abuse of children and disorderly conduct, Cpl. Ruskowski said. The charges are all misdemeanors. Mr. Sparks, of the 500 block of Milton Street, Mount Auburn, was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond pending an Oct. 21 appearance in Folcroft District Court.

Cpl. Ruskowski said he arrested Mr. Sparks on Wednesday after interviewing the boys, ages 8 and 6. "He apparently touched the two boys in their private areas," the police officer said. "He didn't admit it, but he didn't deny it."

Mr. Sparks, who has no record and is not wanted on any other charges, had been staying with relatives about a week and half in Delaware County (Pa.), near Philadelphia. Cpl. Ruskowski said.



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