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Married Superintendents Arrested On Child Rape Charges (Photos)

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On July 11, police arrested a pair of married Ohio school superintendents, who are parents to six children, on child sex abuse charges.

Lake Local Schools superintendent, 52-year-old Patrick O'Donnell, allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl three times over a span of several years, the Daily Mail reports.

The child -- who was not a student in his district -- reportedly told his wife, 44-year-old Heather, that Patrick had inappropriately touched her "private parts" twice.

"She reported that it happened several times between 2013 and 2016," Washington Township Police Chief Rick Core wrote in his report, the Springfield News-Sun reports.

However, Heather -- a Midwest Regional Educational Service Center superintendent -- did not report her husband to the police. Instead, the wife confronted her husband, who denied anything sexual occurred.

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"[Heather O’Donnell] told me that she had confronted Mr. O’Donnell about it and he downplayed the incidents as accidents that may have happened while wrestling," Core says in the affidavit.

Patrick now faces 14 charges which include child rape, while his wife has been charged with two counts of child endangerment.

Authorities are not sure if Patrick has molested any other children.

The couple have six children from previous marriages. Heather has four children, while Patrick has two daughters.

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Many online were disgusted by the news.

"What is this world coming to anymore?" said one Daily Mail reader "We are suppose to protect children not hurt them. Prayers to this little girl and I hope she will get the help she will need."

Some were particularly enraged with Patrick's wife, Heather.

"She was more concerned about losing her lifestyle than she was about the safety of this little girl," wrote one person. "She probably didn't care to dig further because it was HIS daughter not hers. Either way, she is a pathetic excuse for a human."

"Enablers who cover up this abuse need to face criminal penalties," chimed in a second. "Too many spouses consider only themselves instead of the (child) victims. It's evil."

"Anybody that doesn't protect a child after they are told something like this is just plain evil!" wrote another reader.

"Very sad," said a fourth. "I hope they go to jail for a long time. As a child I was sexually assaulted and my stepmother ignored it and even ridiculed me and the fact that she did so was as harmful as the assault. From the age of 18 when I left home I have never spoken to her again. I hope people find the courage to stand up for themselves when this happens to them even if it is years or decades later. I did."

Sources: Daily Mail, Springfield News-Sun / Photo credit: Johannes Thiel/FlickrLogan County Jail via Daily Mail

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