Student adviser sentenced to one year in prison for molesting two boys at school for deaf

Man pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition after prosecutors agreed to drop two other similar charges.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Oct 29, 2012

 

A Cincinnati judge has sentenced a student adviser to one year in prison after he pled guilty to molesting at least two boys at a school for the deaf.

Joshua Bort, 24, who worked as a resident adviser for St. Rita School for the Deaf during the 2011-2012 school year and was immediately dismissed from his position after one of the students shared information about the abuse with the school counselor.

In September in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, Bort pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition in exchange for prosecutors dropping two other similar charges. He could have faced up to two years in prison when he was sentenced Oct. 23.

"We are glad that the judge in this case decided that, rather allowing an admitted child molester to freely walk the streets, children would be safer with this predator behind bars," said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). "By giving Josh Bort prison time instead of simply allowing him to get off with probation, the judge is sending a harsh and clear message that child abuse will not be tolerated.

"We applaud the victims in this case for speaking out against Bort and exposing his crimes. School officials at St. Rita’s should immediately seek out others who Bort may have hurt. Now that Bort is behind bars, perhaps those who were too afraid to come forward earlier will find the strength and courage to break their silence."

SNAP is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested in many institutional settings, including Scouts, camps, schools and athletic programs. Its website is SNAPnetwork.org.

A school spokesperson released this statement: "St. Rita School for the Deaf requires all employees and volunteers who work directly with children to go through a background check which includes fingerprinting. All employees and volunteers also attend a session on child protection that is conducted through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. St. Rita School for the Deaf followed proper channels in reporting the incident including contacting the local authorities and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. St. Rita School for the Deaf believes all children have the right to be educated in a safe environment and the school thrives to make that happen for all children by providing training and support in areas of abuse to teachers and staff."

Comments

Estrella Damm

Why is this even posted on the reflector site. It is not local and has nothing to do with this area.

star7068

one year in prison ? How about a life sentence !

Dr. Information

Been reading on here long enough to see how poorly the Reflector works. As soon as they hit a local hot topic, such as the teacher from Bellevue and the 17 year old boy, they start randomly pulling similar topics off the wire to keep the fire going. Such a sleezy thing Reflector. How about doing some actual journalism and find some good topics to report on. Like someone who has donated time or did a good deed instead of pulling random wire feeds that has nothing to do with this area.

deepinthought

There was a nice article in the newspaper about some New London students that raised money for Relay for Life. The football coach even got his head shaved at an assembly for the event. Too bad this positive article couldn't have been on the website too. It's nice to see the good things that are happening too.

luvthesun

Dr. We actually get calls asking why we don't run more wire stories. You may find this hard to believe, but there are people out there who want to read stories about what's going on elsewhere & not just our little corner of the world. So as you see, there's just no pleasing everyone!

Dr. Information

We hear enough about this stuff on the local news stations as it is. How about some more positive influential readings and reports rather than the same old same old. The people who want to hear about stuff happening in Cinci need to move to Cinci.

JudyJones

These brave victims are to be commended for coming forward about being molested by Joshua Bort, and for getting this child predator behind bars and away from kids. This is not an easy thing to do.

Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or may have suffered sex crimes by Bort, will find the courage and strength to contact the police, not church or school officials.
Keep in mind that child predators rarely have only one or two victims. And your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,)