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UPDATE @ 3:19 p.m. (Sept. 8):

Dayton Public Schools officials have released a statement in regards to the alleged forged teaching certificate of Donte Murphy:

“The Ohio Department of Education made a conversion to digital records in January 2014. Mr. Murphy’s certificate appeared to be generated before the conversion to digital records, but ODE was able to catch the discrepancy, based on information we would not have been looking for locally,” the statement said. “The current process is much more effective. In addition to the conversion to digital records, our HR department verifies that individuals have the required training before approving the certification.”

INITIAL REPORT (Sept. 7):

A former Ponitz Career Technology Center teacher’s aide was indicted Wednesday for allegedly forging a teaching certificate that went undetected for over a year, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Donte Murphy was indicted on a single count of forgery and a single count of tampering with records.

Dayton Public Schools was first made aware of the potentially forged documents following an investigation by the Dayton Daily News earlier this year.

On May 13, this newspaper wrote that Murphy had neither the educational aide permit needed for the Ponitz classroom, nor the pupil activity permit needed to coach Ponitz’s track team – roles he held until earlier this spring.

The district initially disputed this story and supplied the newspaper with documents to show Murphy was properly certified.

At first glance, the document appears to be an up-to-date three-year pupil activity permit that would allow Murphy to coach. The “issue date” on the document is Aug. 8, 2014.

But pupil activity permits bear the signature of the state superintendent. And Murphy’s “2014” permit, sent by the district in his defense, bears the signature of Stan Heffner, who was state superintendent from July 2011 to August 2012. Richard Ross was state superintendent in 2014.

The “issue date” on the dubious permit is Aug. 8, 2014, exactly one digit off from the date of Murphy’s previous, now-expired permit – Aug. 8, 2011.

The Ohio Department of Education checked its records, confirmed Murphy did not hold a valid permit and referred the case to the prosecutor’s office.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Murphy submitted a forged teaching certificate to Dayton Public Schools between July 1, 2014 and August 20, 2014.

Murphy is also currently charged with three counts of sexual battery after an incident involving an 18-year-old student.


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Murphy was fired from Dayton Public Schools on March 18, 2016, after the district was made aware of the forged document, approximately a year-and-a-half since he had submitted the document, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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