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Former Canton school official convicted of molesting student to be released early

By John Published: September 22, 2010

     A former Canton City Schools administrator sentenced in July to 18 months in prison Monday for molesting a Timken High School senior in 2008 will be released early, according to the Canton Repository.

Stark County Common Pleas Judge Taryn L. Heath on Monday placed James A. Irvin, 57, on probation for five years, including a term of house arrest, and ordered him to complete sex offender treatment and perform 200 hours of community service.

Heath also barred Irvin from any contact with the victim and any person under the age of 18, without the approval of a probation officer.

     Irvin pleaded guilty in June  in Stark County Common Pleas Court to gross sexual imposition, a felony.
     Irvin originally was indicted for attempted sexual battery, also a felony.
     Irvin also pleaded guilty to two related misdemeanors. A charge of corrupting another with drugs, a felony, was dismissed.
     The victim, Nicholas Swonger, has said that Irvin tried to perform oral sex on him when Swonger was spending the night at Irvin's North Canton apartment the day after Christmas in 2008.
     Swonger was 18 and in the middle of his senior year at Timken High School. He has said that Irvin had been a father figure to him and his family during his high school years, beginning when he was a freshman.



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