More children have come forward accusing a Perry Elementary School teacher’s assistant of molestation, bringing the total number of victims to 24.
Four additional charges were submitted to the Noble County District Attorney’s office Tuesday.
Arnold Cowen, 85, is now facing 21 counts of child molestation and one count of possession of child pornography while serving as a teaching assistant at Perry Upper Elementary. Principal Kenda Miller and teacher Jeff Sullins were also arrested for failure to report the abuse.
According to court documents, “Cowen stated that he would lean down to assist the female students and take advantage of this opportunity to fondle and molest their breasts and bodies.”
Investigators say at least 10 victims came forward to report the abuse to both Sullins and Miller, but nothing was ever done about it.
News 9’s Christy Lewis will have more on this story tonight at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.