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Ex-Lower Dauphin teacher gets probation for incident involving student

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 9/17/19

A former Lower Dauphin High School teacher and coach was sentenced to two years’ probation in Dauphin County Court on Sept. 3 after pleading guilty to indecent assault.

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Ex-Lower Dauphin teacher gets probation for incident involving student

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A former Lower Dauphin High School teacher and coach was sentenced to two years’ probation in Dauphin County Court on Sept. 3 after pleading guilty to indecent assault.

The incident involving John Butler, 35, and a student at the high school occurred in 2017. Butler formerly taught social studies and was the head cross country coach and an assistant track coach at the high school.

Butler resigned from the school district in November 2017 and was charged in late September 2018. He pleaded guilty to the charge on May 20, according to online court records.

Charges are still pending in Dauphin County Court involving another Lower Dauphin School District teacher, 40-year-old James William Mentzer, of Hummelstown.

State Police in June 2018 charged Mentzer with intercourse/sexual contact with a school student, unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, indecent assault of a person younger than 13 years’ old, and five counts of corruption of minors.

According to police arrest papers, Mentzer had inappropriate contact with five female students — ages 8, 9 and three 11-year-olds — starting in August 2017 at East Hanover Elementary School in East Hanover Township.

Mentzer’s next scheduled court appearance is Sept. 25.

In November 2018, another former LDHS teacher — James Kalos, 38, of Mechanicsburg — was sentenced in Cumberland County Court after he pleaded no contest to sexual charges involving a juvenile, however the victim was not a Lower Dauphin student.

Kalos was sentenced to a total of 10 to 23 months in Cumberland County Prison, followed by 18 months of probation, according to online court records.