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Should LeMaster graduate after sex crime conviction?


Christopher LeMaster

Over in Riverside, former Stebbins High School student Christopher LeMaster pleaded guilty last month to gross sexual imposition for having sex with an unconscious fellow student. The 16-year-old girl had passed out after taking drugs and drinking alcohol at party only to find out later that LeMaster, 18, had has sex with her and that pictures of her undressed and unconscious were circulating among Stebbins students at school.

The initial report of this incident came when the girl told a Stebbins guidance counselor that she thought she had been raped. LeMaster was arrested in late February and put on “home instruction” by the school district in early March. He admitted his guilt in court on April 3 and later was sentenced to five years probation.

The girl now is home schooled and told the judge in LeMaster’s case that she had to leave Stebbins because she was the subject of so much harassment from other students. So now, LeMaster’s family wants him to be allowed to graduate with his class at Stebbins next month and school officials says they are researching the legalities of the issue before making a decision.

I have a simple question for Riverside schools. Why was LeMaster not expelled after pleading guilty to a sexual crime against another student? He is a sexual felon now and the initial report of this incident came at school. How can he possibly be allowed to continue as a Stebbins student (even if he is instructed at home) after that?

Seems like if LeMaster had been expelled in April, this wouldn’t be an issue.

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May 11, 2008 5:26 PM | Link to this

davidss2: You are the one who needs to take the blinders off. These types of instances happen in other districts too. For you to only think that these instances happen in the black schools is why racisim still exists.

By RiversideGrad

May 10, 2008 1:18 AM | Link to this

fact of the matter is , there are two sides to every story. the poor kid is gonna pay for a bad night of bad decisions for the rest of his life, Teenagers are known to change their stories when they are embarassed by their peers.

By Davidss2

May 8, 2008 11:15 AM | Link to this

Ms TB needs to get blinders off. Teacher assault, drug dealing, armed robbery aren’t misdemeanors. You’ll find kids shuffled around with records from one school to another.


May 7, 2008 1:06 PM | Link to this

Davidss2: how dare you bring up Dayton, Trotwood, and Jefferson HS. Exactly what are you implying? Criminal records for misdemeanors are one thing, but this guy RAPED AN UNCONSCIOUS UNDER AGE GIRL!! and then passed out pictures!!How sick and twisted is that?? This would be a no brainer in Dayton, Trotwood, and Jefferson…If we must go there, then then any DPS, TMHS, JHS student would have been in jail.

By Davidss2

May 7, 2008 8:16 AM | Link to this

If you got a list of the students marching in graduations this year in every school district in the county, you’d find many put back in school without teachers’ knowledge who attacked teachers elsewhere, have mental instability problems & violence, etc. They are marching. This person represents less risk. He has been punished. We can’t do double punishment. Treat him like he were a star football player—let him walk. BTW, how many students in HS in Dayton, Trotwood, and Jefferson have criminal records and are marching?

By Oldprof

May 7, 2008 7:29 AM | Link to this

Since we’re bringing other questions to bear—are there any questions about what adults were responsible for the house where a 16 year old girl got drunk, took drugs illegally, and got raped? Anyone think child endangering charges could be considered? Like those anti-drug commercials used to say, somebody’s got to be the parent.

By Laura

May 6, 2008 10:09 PM | Link to this

Stebbins grad: Things happened that were “far worse’? And you just “dealt with it”? You’ve got to be kidding. What could be far worse than raping a young girl who is unconcious? Murder? You make me think that all the rumors about Stebbins when I went to school and that I’ve even heard since weren’t just “rival hogwash”.

By Paul

May 6, 2008 5:49 PM | Link to this

Some of the 600+ members of the 1971 class of Fairmont West H.S. were naked under their gowns at graduation. We weren’t on alcohol or Xanax, just LSD and some good “bud”. Rape wasn’t on our minds. Got some sick ones out there Skippy!! the girl and the rapist!! Do you think this behaviour was started by us??? NO!!!!! Liberalism only produces staunch moral fortitude and stellar behaviour!!!! Do not let the rapist walk with his class, and get the girl some first class help & psychological counseling. We have created a rat hole. Anyone want to help plug it? NOOOO!!!! Can’t do that!!!! We’d be just like those pesky Conservatives….a fate worst than death!!!

By K

May 6, 2008 4:46 PM | Link to this

I don’t even understand why he is not in jail. He raped that girl. Regardless of whether she had been drinking and partying with everyone else, she DID NOT give her cosent to have sex if she was passed out. He should be in jail. His walking with his class should not even be a consideration. what a slap in the face to that poor girl that this is even being considered. Shame on that school district.

By stebbins grad

May 6, 2008 4:45 PM | Link to this

I say let the guy graduate and march with his class. He has received his punishment and from what I’m reading there was nothing in that punishment that said he could not march with his class. Geez when I went to Stebbins there were far worse things that occured and we just dealt with them and got on with our lives. Let this young man get on with his. He got his punishment from the courts it’s not up to the school to punish him.

By Larry

May 6, 2008 3:58 PM | Link to this

not in this life time !!!!!! this is a no brainer !!!!!!!!!!

By Meagan

May 6, 2008 3:27 PM | Link to this

Why is this even being considered? Student’s have been expelled for school pranks, he raped a girl. If he has it in him to do that to another person, he has it in him to do it again. Decent people would never even think of something like that. She is going to be scared for life and was humiliated enough to have to move away and he is still walking the hallways at his school. Mail him his diploma and put him in jail. Rape is taken so lightly these days and I don’t understand. You get busted with drugs and you go to prison but you sexually assualt another person and all you have to do is go talk to an officer once a month for a few years? THAT IS NOTHING. This just really saddens me that anyone would be sticking up for this kid. I bet the majority of students in his school are from broken homes, that has nothing to do with it.

By V

May 6, 2008 3:12 PM | Link to this

I agree with most of the comments. I do not think this young man should march with his class. What he did was wrong and he was convicted of a terrible crime. However, some of you are misinformed about the law. According to the law, a sex offender may not live within 1000 feet of a school. However there is nothing in the law that restricts them from being near or even in a school.

By Get your facts straight

May 6, 2008 2:07 PM | Link to this

ORC 2950.034 states a sex offender cannot reside within 1000 ft of a school. That doesn’t mean they can’t be at the school. Also sex offenders have the right to an education. There are registered sex offenders attending other schools in our area.

By Mary

May 6, 2008 1:48 PM | Link to this

jeez, I agree that the girl’s use of drugs and alcohol do not excuse the young man for what he did. However, I think we should also hold young people accountable for their decision to illegally use drugs and alcohol. I also think we should hold adults in power accountable for our country’s easy access to illegal drugs. According to CNN’s Lou Dobbs, border security with Mexico and maybe Canada is part of that problem. Apparently, a lot of drugs enter the US across the Mexican border. Why isn’t there more accountability for the “war on drugs” and the research on the why’s of drug addiction and rehabilitation? I believe the recent movie “American Gangster”, based on fact about the drug trade, pointed out there is job security in not solving problems in our country, including the billions we spend on the war on drugs.

By Momof 2

May 6, 2008 1:32 PM | Link to this

NO!!! Why are they even wasting time to determine if he should be there or not? the only place he should be is in jail where he belongs. thats the problem now days, they are more concerned with the offender as opposed to the victim.

By Mojo

May 6, 2008 1:17 PM | Link to this

He must have been a football player to think that he has earned special treatment. Forget graduation! Why isn’t he in jail?

By Debbie

May 6, 2008 1:07 PM | Link to this

No, he should not be allowed to graduate with his class. I’m glad he is out of the building since I have a daughter that goes there.

By Me

May 6, 2008 12:54 PM | Link to this

I don’t think the kid should get to participate…..but, that young lady chose to get drunk and take drugs at 16 years old. She put herself into that situation. No, she did not deserved to be humiliated and violated like that. But I do think she and her parents have some responsibility - actions have consequences for all.

By Alice

May 6, 2008 12:40 PM | Link to this

Her drinking does not excuse his crime; he should not be allowed to graduate. However, along with the Dann case, this is a lesson to young women everywhere that while there is no excuse for rape, we have power over the choices we make that affect our lives. Through our media, we sexualize our young girls. They need to realize the value of their minds and bodies.

By Judytabooty

May 6, 2008 12:38 PM | Link to this

Mad River Schools administration needs to realize that if this boy gets to participate in the ceremony, it will be a disaster! Imagine when they call his name and he walks across the stage and the crowd starts screaming & yelling obscenities - this will ruin graduation for everyone. Knowing the people in Riverside, they might even throw something at him!! Big mistake to let him participate. Students have been denied participation in the graduation ceremony for far less crimes!

By Joysoity

May 6, 2008 12:13 PM | Link to this

This is directly to Mr.charteschoolhater. How dare you tell people to get off his back!! Had he had someone on his back maybe he wouldnt have committed such an act. The fact that you think he should be spanked and sent to bed with no dinner simply perpetuates the myth that boys will be boys. He is a sex offender and should be treated like any other. JAIL!! Unless of course you want him to date YOUR daughter. Since you think he is such a great kid—-YOU take him in.


May 6, 2008 11:56 AM | Link to this

Lock him up.This is non-sense.Put this person behind bars and let those boys take care of him.What come around, goes around.The school should be spending tax payers money on worth while things, not some loser that needs to be locked up.The law says he is not aloud to be around the school.Why is this even a question !!!

By Lea

May 6, 2008 11:14 AM | Link to this

In a town not far away, if a student is SUSPENDED they are not allowed to attend ANY school functions whether they are on school property or not. So Riverside should EXPEL him - then by the “NORMAL” rules he could not graduate WITH the class. He doesn’t deserve to anyway. Mail the paper to him if you must. But don’t hurt the young lady any more than he did already. Speaking of which, get her some counseling. And where is her parental supervision? Yes, kids sneak drinks but apparently her parents weren’t paying much attention now were they?

By Dee

May 6, 2008 11:03 AM | Link to this

Some seem to be clouding the issue here. The question is, should he be allowed to graduate. If he has the credits, then mail him his diploma. He SHOULD NOT be allowed to be involved in the ceremony.

By Bill

May 6, 2008 10:24 AM | Link to this

NO Now was that difficult? Registered sex offenders should not be in schools even if they were students there. Just mail him the diploma to his jail cell. He cant be within 1,000 of the school for the next 15 years.

By a mom of 3

May 6, 2008 10:23 AM | Link to this

He should be able to graduate if he met the state requirements but not participate in the ceremony. I am not throwing Mr. Lemaster a pity party for what he did…not only did he know it was wrong (thats why he denied it) he thought it was “brag worthy” and sent photos of this girl to his buddies. And another thing…Just because the victim was intoxicated, does NOT give Anyone to right to take advantage of her..K!

By jeez...

May 6, 2008 10:18 AM | Link to this

It is not okay to allow the girl’s decisions with drugs and alcohol to come into play with the assault. It doesn’t matter at all what she was doing, fact of the matter is she was the victim of a crime. If this guy thinks he can tantrum his way into not paying the consequences of his actions I believe he is mistaken. Nothing about that situation was okay..and a sex offender has that as a personality trait, and many times never change. His consequences should stick. He can get his diploma, but shouldn’t be anywhere near the ceremony itself. You make your bed you lie in it.

By A Parent of a Teenager

May 6, 2008 9:28 AM | Link to this

Another example of how drugs and alcohol ruins lives. The young lady was abusing and I’m sure so was the young man. Poor choices have left both of them with lifelong damage. I’m using them as examples to my daughter of the dangers of alcohol. Parents beware!!!!

By Jo

May 6, 2008 8:43 AM | Link to this

NO, He shouldnt have permission to graduate with his class. Let him get his GED in the “workhouse” with the rest of the perverts.

By anonymous

May 6, 2008 8:33 AM | Link to this

Absolutely not. This shouldn’t even be a question. This guy raped this girl. How is he not in prison for at least 20 years? I do not get how the judicial system is not tough on these violent, terrible criminals. Lock him up and lock up his buddies for presumably knowing what was going on and not doing anything. They should get a lesser sentence, obviously, but should still be reprimanded.

By Pizza_Man

May 6, 2008 8:33 AM | Link to this

Seems like there are 2 different issues here. The questions asks should he be allowed to graduate. If he completes the requirements, then then absolutely, there is no reason to keep him from graduating. But, he should not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

By N Alexander

May 6, 2008 8:26 AM | Link to this

I think that the problem many of you aren’t catching is that the school doesn’t have the right to stop him from graduating if he has met the requirements. The school has no right to expel him for something not done on their campus or while under their supervision. Beyond that… If they hold graduation on their campus, and the law prohibits him from attending, then that is the LAW deciding that, which the school can not do. If the graduation is held off campus (as happens some places) then it gets murky as to if he would be allowed, but I don’t think the school really gets the say either way. This ultimately is up to the lawyers to hammer out, and the school is in a tough spot. Of course, if he were in jail at the time of graduation, it would be moot.

By Concerned Parent

May 6, 2008 8:26 AM | Link to this

I agree with the fact that he shouldn’t march, to let his diploma be mailed to him…..But, what’s up with the girl being on xanax and drunk? Only 16 and drunk? Pills? She didn’t even know what was going on. Her body is not ready for that type of medication. Was Lemaster the only guy? She doesn’t know. She needs to get some kind of counseling herself, for drinking and taking pills, then not knowing what’s going on. Yes he should take responsibility for his actions, but not be deprived of his education.

By Heather

May 6, 2008 8:25 AM | Link to this

No. There should be stricter consequences for his actions. It’s absurd that he could do such a thing and then get to participate as if nothing ever happened. Had he punched or assulted a teacher or the principal, he would have been expelled for his violence, but the rape of a child is immediately forgivable? This is entirely ridiculous. Yes, the girl also made some poor decisions here, but most people would attempt to help someone unconscious or in distress, not take advantage of them. He took away her sense of safety and security, and therefore has no right to demand this privelege that he obviously does not deserve. I pray that somehow he develops a sense of morality and can become a contributing member of society. Then perhaps someday, when he has a daughter of his own to protect, he will realize the weight and impact of what he has done.

By Oldprof

May 6, 2008 7:53 AM | Link to this

I’m wondering if any high-profile attorneys general would want to plead LeMaster’s case.

By James

May 6, 2008 7:51 AM | Link to this

Yes he should graduate. He’s earned that with four years of school work. However, participation in the Graduation Ceremony is something he gave up with his foolhardy actions at that party. As a sex offender he is prohibited, by law, from being anywhere near school grounds or any school functions. If he qualifies, send him a diploma with a “good luck” and forget about him. The Sex Offender’s Registry won’t forget him though.

By K

May 6, 2008 7:36 AM | Link to this

Ok, let me be the unpopular one in the group for sure… I think that the kid should be allowed to graduate with his class. He grew up with those kids, he’s friends with them, let him walk the stage with them. I’m sure that the crowd will ruin it with taunts and catcalls anyhow, because that’s the way our society acts - immature. Now to be even less popular… where were the parent(s) of this 16 year old girl, who was drinking and taking drugs at a party, enough to cause her to pass out? Maybe if mom & dad had been on the stick, this girl wouldn’t have been the victim of raging teenage boy hormones, alcohol-/drug-impared judgement, and no supervision. We couldn’t wait to condemn the school board member whose children had an unsupervised party - why aren’t we condemning these parents publicly? Both hers, his, and those who let the party happen?

By the Strawboss

May 6, 2008 7:33 AM | Link to this

He should be allowed to march via webcam from prison. Someone can wheel a laptop on an AV cart down the aisle, and his diploma can be placed on the keyboard. As for the poster defendeding him, if it was your daughter, I’m sure you’d be judging him too… with a Louisville Slugger.

By tallsandi

May 6, 2008 7:02 AM | Link to this

Divorced family??? So what. So is half his class. He voided his right to walk. He also hopefully voided his right to sports scholarships. He looks like he was a jock and we all know that jocks get special treatment in all aspects of life. Can be dumber than a stone but if they can catch a football they get walks for almost everything else.

By Karie

May 6, 2008 5:56 AM | Link to this

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! HE shouldn’t have any rights at all at this point. I say throw him in prison with the rest of the rapist and lights out!! That girl will have to live with this horrible memory for the rest of her life. I don’t even understand why this is an issue. Sexual offenders are not allowed with in 1,000 feet of a school or school functions so theres your answer on whether or not he should go.

By Brenda

May 6, 2008 5:36 AM | Link to this

No way! It’s terrible that they are even considering it!

By Tim

May 6, 2008 5:29 AM | Link to this

absolutely not - he should be in jail

By Concerned Mom of 3

May 6, 2008 5:09 AM | Link to this

Well, there were certainly a lot of poor decisions made here… Drinking, Drugs, Sex offenses… If I were the parent, I wouldn’t even let my kid ask the school district about walking at the graduation… To me, not partiipating in the graduation ceromony would be one of the natural consequences that I, as a concerned parent, would enforce myself. I am quite stunned that this is even a consideration.

By no to sex offenders

May 6, 2008 3:42 AM | Link to this

To charteschoolhater. I never respond to other comments, but for this I will make an exception. You act like what this pitiful excuse did was nothing. He didn’t steal someone’s lunch money. He stole someone’s innocence and trust. She will never completely get over her violation. He got a slap on the wrist for what he did. Poor thing got 5 year of probation. He should have received 5 years of hard jail time at least. The victim was continually violated after her rape by having derogatory pictures sent over cellphones and the web. She was harassed at school and had to be home schooled. Can you wrap your mind around what she will go through in college if she can even get herself to attend? So no, he shouldn’t get the PRIVILEGE of graduating.


May 6, 2008 1:04 AM | Link to this

He absolutely should not be able to graduate. As someone pointed out earlier, he is a sex offender and sex offenders aren’t allowed within 1000 feet of a school. He should have to abide by that rule, just like any other offender. I surely hope that the school administrators who are making the decision are taking everyone’s comments into consideration (especially since they’ll be needing votes for funding through taxes…)

By Caroline

May 5, 2008 11:26 PM | Link to this

Absolutely not.

By charteschoolhater

May 5, 2008 11:25 PM | Link to this

I say Yes. This may be an unpopular opinion here but I say Yes. He has been convicted and sentenced for his deed. He will serve 5 years probation, and be classified a sex offender. That is his punishment. The judge did not suspend his privilege to graduate. As for the poor girl in this case, and all the other folks on the blog. Jesus said judgment is for God. He will be judged by him and not us. On earth the judicial system meets out punishment. Mr. Lemaster has gotten his. Let the kid get on with his life. Remember, he has 5 years and a period as a sex offender. What else do you want? Get off his back!

By Crystal

May 5, 2008 11:23 PM | Link to this

Why is this even on here? Convicted sex offenders are not allowed within 100 feet of school property- that is state law- there should be absolutely no question as to what the correct answer to this question is. The only legalities the school should be looking into are the lawsuits they should face if they DO allow this ignorant excuse for a human being to march. And as far as him coming from a divorced family- SO WHAT!!!! That does not excuse ignorant and criminal behavior! People try anything they can to get sympathy these days- well guess what- he doesnt deserve any, and for &^%&&*) sure doesnt get any from me! Send him to jail where he belongs.

By Charles

May 5, 2008 11:00 PM | Link to this

A sex offender should never be able to walk the streets again, let alone get a high school diploma!

By Doug

May 5, 2008 9:54 PM | Link to this

No,No,No! The school district needs to make an example of him so that no one else tries a stunt like this. He should be expelled immediately from school. Let him get his GED.

By Beth

May 5, 2008 9:49 PM | Link to this

Kids have been expelled for much less. I can’t imagine why this is even an issue. If I had a kid in that school, I would remove him or her immediately. It does not seem that the school board has the best interest of its’ students at heart.

By Sarahbones

May 5, 2008 9:34 PM | Link to this


By Tracey

May 5, 2008 9:32 PM | Link to this

I believe that he should be expelled and have no privliages to school activities. If he has enough credits to graduate then mail him his diploma. He has made a bad decision, and should have consequences for his actions.

By Rhonda

May 5, 2008 9:31 PM | Link to this

if a sex offender can’t live within 1,000 feet of a school, why is he allowed to attend school. he should of been expelled, & in prison.

By null

May 5, 2008 9:18 PM | Link to this

I happen to know that LeMaster is from a divorced family. Now, this doesn’t condone the reasoning behind this situation, but he didn’t exactly have a full family to back him up while he was growing up. A very bad choice was made on his part, and unfortunately, it was illegal, and he should have to suffer the consequences, no matter what they may be. Just because he has to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years doesn’t mean that he has fully served his punishment. He shouldn’t be allowed to graduate. If his parents have a hard time understanding this, then they should put the shoes on the other feet and think about how they would feel if it was their daughter, Chris’s sister, that was raped while she was unconscious at a party. Would they want that boy who committed the crime to graduate, let alone be allowed to return to the school as if nothing has happened?? And obviously, we can’t forget the girl who was raped. She shouldn’t have been drinking underage, and CERTAINLY shouldn’t have been taking those pills.

By null

May 5, 2008 8:50 PM | Link to this

He is 18 years old. Each and every decision we make results in a consequence, some good, some bad. What he did to that girl was a crime called rape. The issue of him marching with his class during graduation should not even exist because he should be in jail. It is parents like his, who obviously excuse his behavior, that create monsters like him. What are these parents thinking? They ought to be very ashamed of themselves. This young girl will live with the scars of this attack for the rest of her life. When, and only when, she is completely healed should he be let out of prison. That means a life sentence. I sure hope she has someone advocating for her.


May 5, 2008 8:42 PM | Link to this

this sorry excuse of a person should not be allow within a thousand feet of any school do to being a Felon and a sexual offender….Riverside should have already said no to this idiot…But, the bottom feeders will get him in there one way or another…typical loser mentality we have to endure these days..

By Just Me

May 5, 2008 8:25 PM | Link to this

No. He shouldn’t even be out of prison.

By Daytona

May 5, 2008 8:18 PM | Link to this

This is so outrageous that it shouldn’t even be an issue. Not only did he rape a minor who was apparently unconscious, but he was sick enough to photograph/video her and circulate the evidence. What kind of entitlement has this ADULT grown up with? I bet had he been caught with a joint or threatened to kill someone, he would be SOL and this questions wouldn’t even be asked. What kind of standards do we have here?

By Laura

May 5, 2008 8:06 PM | Link to this

Absolutely NOT!! This is not a case of consent that went bad. This is a rape. Not only that, he and his friends had the audacity to pass around pictures of the girl. This shouldn’t be an issue. The young man should be in jail. This is the perfect example of parents who do not want their child to be held responsible for his actions. If I were that young man’s parent there would be no question of him flaunting is “conquest” in front of the whole school. I couldn’t show my face. If he is allowed to graduate, any parent who attends is condoning his behavior. There should have been a schoolwide boycott for even considering allowing him to graduate. What “legalities” does the school need to look into? He is a convicted sexual felon and as such shouldn’t even be on school grounds. All schools have a photo list of predators living in their area. His should be displayed prominently for all to see. The fact that it is even an issue speaks volumes about how much more importance we put on making sure the accused (or in this case convicted) get a fair shake and just don’t concern ourselves so much with the victim.

By no to sex offenders

May 5, 2008 7:46 PM | Link to this

It is sad that a school district is mulling over letting a proven sex offender graduate with his class. There should not be any mulling going on. He should be expelled. It is even more tragic that the victim is being punished by her classmates for being assaulted. Where is the sympathy for this girl. She will always be in fear of this thoughtless boy and most men for the rest of her life. Why is he not in jail. Why does his family want to award him with a joyful day when he ruined someone’s life. I don’t think they grasp what damage he has caused.

By Leah

May 5, 2008 7:36 PM | Link to this

Why isn’t LeMaster behind bars like any rapist should be? For the school officials to even think of allowing him to graduate violates this young girl even more and sends the wrong message to the rest of the student body.

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