Former Harris custodian Raymond Tiller pleads guilty to sexual contact with young girl

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Raymond Tiller

Raymond Tiller

Raymond “Jack” Tiller has pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a child last spring at Amherst’s Harris Elementary School on North Lake Street.

The 57-year-old school janitor entered the new plea to counts of kidnapping and gross sexual imposition before Lorain County Court of Common Pleas judge Michele Arredondo.

The reversal came as a Dec. 2 jury trial date neared.

Tiller will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Amherst police chose not to comment on the resolution of the case. Lt. Dan Makruski said the department will remain silent on the matter until after appeals dates pass.

Nor will investigators release documents on the case explaining how a custodian managed to hold a young girl inside a public school.

Tiller was indicted last summer in connection to an assault April 5, 2014, at the elementary, where he worked as a night caretaker.

Indicted a short time later by a Lorain County grand jury, he pleaded not guilty in June of that year.

School officials placed him on unpaid leave during the criminal investigation. Tiller resigned this past spring.

Both police and educators have said the victim was not a student in the Amherst Schools. The girl was under the age of 13 and Tiller used force to stop her from leaving the area where the sexual contact happened, officers said.

Police have never disclosed whether the victim was related to Tiller or knew him in some other capacity.

About 30 percent of sexual abuse victims are related to their attackers by blood while another 60 percent are friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances, according to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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