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Chicago Public schools teacher sued for alleged sex abuse in 1970s Ohio

Updated: December 4, 2012 6:09AM

Two Ohio men are suing a veteran Chicago teacher, alleging he sexually abused them when he taught in their state during the 1970s.

The men claim Harold “Jerry” Mash groomed and sexually assaulted each of them while they were teenagers during the mid- to late-’70s, according a lawsuit filed in the Lucas County Common Pleas Court of Ohio.

A lawyer for the two men said they’re finally coming forward now because they feel safer in an era when other victims are talking openly about sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

“They finally feel comfortable enough to come forward and seek some justice against Mash, expose him for what he is and hold him accountable,” said Cincinnati, Ohio, attorney Konrad Kircher.

Mash received a suspended six-month sentence in the late 1970s for abusing one of the men now suing him, according to the lawsuit. The man is identified only as “John Doe.”

Kircher said the mother of the other victim, who is identified as Ronald C. Tremp in the lawsuit, notified police at the time of the alleged abuse, but — fearing humiliation for her son — she decided not to pursue the case.

Mash couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.

A Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman said Mash, who was hired in 1990, has been placed on paid leave.

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