Former Boardman teacher convicted of sex crimes accused of violating probation


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – A former Boardman middle school teacher convicted of sexual battery is back in jail.

Jay Dana is accused of violating the terms of his probation set two years ago.

“He feels like he’s above the law,” said one of his three known victims, Chris Large.

Investigators believe Dana, who now lives in Florida, was away from his electronic monitoring device. Florida’s laws regarding sex offenders say he must have it with him at all times.

“There were at least three occasions on which he was out of the range of his monitoring system and that’s a violation,” said Attorney Jenn McLaughlin.

After the first violation in April, Dana was given community service time and warned not to violate again. But then there were other incidents in both May and June — one lasting several hours.

Dana was convicted two years ago and sentenced to serve 75 days in the Mahoning County Jail. He has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Victims say Dana took them on dates and put something in their drinks, leaving them unable to stop him from having sex with them. They said they passed out and became physically sick for days after the encounters.

Judge Maureen Sweeney ordered Dana to return to Ohio, where he’ll now sit in the Mahoning County Jail at least until another hearing on August 11 to determine if he should be sent to prison to serve out the rest of his time.

“He faces up to 11 and a half years in the penitentiary — that would be the absolute maximum that he could get,” McLaughlin said.

Large said Dana has never learned his lesson.

“I mean, after he was put on notice after mine was reported, it didn’t stop him from going out and doing it again,” she said. “When he was put on notice down in Florida, he was put on notice, ‘Don’t do this again.'”

Large said she now wants to see Dana go to prison.