Drama Coach Allegedly Caught in Car with Girl, 14

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GREEN, Ohio – An assistant drama coach at Green Middle School has been fired after he was arrested over the weekend.

According to the Summit County sheriff’s department, Jason Mazan, 27, of Canton, was caught in his parked car with a 14-year-old girl.

He was arrested around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday when a patrol deputy spotted the vehicle behind a Massillon Road business.

“It can serve as a wake up call,” said Inspector Bill Holland from Summit County.  “You need to be aware of what is going on with your children, keep an open dialogue with your children to know where they're at and what's going on.”

Mazan has been charged with importuning, a fifth-degree felony.

“We're doing our best to try and catch these things and make sure that there's not other victims,” said Holland.

The suspect has been terminated by Green Local Schools, where he worked briefly as a substitute teacher last year in the high school.

Before his arrest, he was a part-time assistant drama coach in the middle school, according to Superintendent Michael Nutter.

“We had no signs that, you know, anything like this would happen,” said Nutter.  “We were on spring break the week prior and all the credentials had checked out.”

Mazan had no criminal history and he passed a background check, according to school administrators.

“Green is still a great place and a great district and it's a safe district.  You know, I've got four kids myself and I send them off to school every morning,” said Nutter.

“It's sickening! It's totally disgusting to me,” said Denise Bailey, a parent.  “You would never think that should be going on in a school, absolutely.  Then you lose trust in the school system, the teachers and - it's the last place you think your child would be taken advantage of.”

Mazan posted bond and he will be arraigned in a Summit County courtroom on Wednesday afternoon.

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