Jeff V. Willis, a teacher accused of beating a teen with a bat for texting his daughter
Jeff V. Willis, a teacher with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, has been charged with beating a teen with a baseball bat near his home.
According to a police report Willis, 40, of Akron, was arrested Monday evening after allegedly hitting a 17-year-old boy repeatedly in the leg with a baseball bat.
Willis was charged with assault and also criminal damaging (for allegedly smashing a window of a vehicle the 17-year-old was fleeing the scene in with friends). He was arraigned on Tuesday in Akron Municipal Court and remains in custody in the Summit County jail awaiting a pre-trial hearing on the charges.
According to the police report, Willis said that he had told the alleged victim to stop speaking to his daughter. Willis told authorities that he confonted the teen after he saw a text message from the alleged victim to his daughter that day.
Officials with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District confirmed that Willis is an art teacher for Design Lab Early College (a program housed inside Jane Addams Vocational High School).
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