Band members and parents are in shock to hear that Minford guard instructor Jason Meadows, 44, of Portsmouth, has been charged with sexual assault after accusations that he had a sexual relationship with a student. The mother first discovered the relationship when going through her son’s phone. Her son was a member of the Minford High School marching band.
Parents and students have come out in support of the instructor, saying that the behavior is not something they would expect from the man who mentored so many.
“I just want to say that Jason is a very wonderful man,” said Minford High School graduate Cortney Pollard. “All of this going on is so sad, and I will always continues to support him. He is not a pedophile, nor would he ever hurt anyone, especially someone who wasn’t consensual.”
Sheriff Marty Donini’s office announced that his office received a call on Thursday from a female stating that her juvenile son had been sexually assaulted.
Donini stated that a detective responded to this location where a report was filed that started an investigation.
During this ongoing investigation detectives were able to get information that this incident occurred several times in July 2016 and that the suspect was a volunteer at Minford Schools paid by the band boosters to be the drill instructor for the band.
Murphy stated that several items were obtained as evidence to include messages from the suspect to the victim along with pictures and videos.
As a result of this investigation, the suspect was located at his place of employment on Saturday, June 3 and was detained for questioning without incident that included consent to search of his residence that later resulted in his arrest.
Donini stated that more charges will be presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury on a later date.
Meadows has been charged with two counts of sexual battery a felony of the 3rd degree. Meadows is being held on a $20,000 bond.
The Portsmouth Daily Times reached out to Minford Band Director Adam Porter for comment. As of press time, he had not responded to inquires.
Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.