Tallmadge teacher accused of soliciting sex from teen girl

Jeff Saunders
Kent Weeklies
Jeffery Moyer

Stow police have charged a former Tallmadge High School teacher with fifth-degree felony importuning in connection with an allegation that he solicited a juvenile “to engage in sexual conduct” in late July, according to a complaint police filed in Stow Municipal Court Sept. 21.

Police Capt. Bryan Snavely said Thursday that the alleged victim is a 13-year-old girl, a Stow resident, but he declined to say more.

According to the complaint, 56-year-old Jeffery D. Moyer works for Tallmadge City Schools. Superintendent Jeff Ferguson, also on Thursday, said Moyer had been a science teacher at Tallmadge High School, but resigned in August and had been replaced by the time school started Aug. 27.

Ferguson said he had few details about the case, but “certainly this did not involve a Tallmadge student.”

“I’m certainly saddened by the news,” he said. “Our core business is children. There’s obviously a child involved and certainly my thoughts go there.”

According to court records, Moyer is charged in connection with an incident that occurred July 31. Snavely said it allegedly took place while Moyer was driving in a vehicle with the girl. He said Moyer allegedly made “inappropriate comments” and “solicited sex” but that the allegations do not involve any actual sexual acts.

Moyer’s attorney, Noah Munyer, said the same.

“Importuning is words,” he said. “No contact whatsoever. There are a bunch of different ways it can likely happen and in general, it’s talking about sex acts in general.”

Snavely said no prior criminal record has been found for Moyer.

According to court records, an arrest warrant was issued for Moyer on Sept. 21, and he turned himself in at the Stow Police Department Sept. 23, the same day he entered a felony no plea during arraignment and was released on a personal bond, with orders to have no contact with the alleged victim.

A felony status hearing is scheduled before Judge Lisa Coates at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

“Obviously this is a delicate family matter and we’d ask the public to reserve judgement … and give [Moyer’s] family privacy during this trying time,” said Munyer.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.