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Mason teacher indicted on 16 counts of sexual battery; includes 5 students

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Stacy Schuler, Source: Warren County Jail Stacy Schuler, Source: Warren County Jail
George Coates, Source: Mason High School Yearbook George Coates, Source: Mason High School Yearbook

MASON, OH (FOX19) - A Mason High School teacher has been indicted on 16 counts of sexual battery and 3 counts of offenses involving underage persons. The Warren County Prosecutor tells FOX19 that the indictments involve five students, some of whom are on the football team.

The indictment states that Stacy Schuler did engage in sexual conduct with someone enrolled in or attends the school, which is a 3rd degree felony. All 16 of the counts of sexual battery happened between August and December.

The three counts of offenses involving underage persons says Schuler bought beer or liquor to an underage person or sold beer to an underage person, or furnished it to an underage person. The three counts happened between August and October 2010. This is a misdemeanor charge.

Click here to read the indictment.

The Warren County Prosecutor also tells FOX19 the Mason High School Assistant Principal, George Coates, was placed on administrative leave for sending inappropriate text messages to Schuler. He has since submitted his resignation, which will be voted on by the school board on Tuesday during their meeting. In that meeting, they will also decide whether or not to terminate Schuler.

Schuler was placed on administrative paid leave on January 18, directed to have no contact or communication with students, not permitted on district property or at district events, and the matter was turned over to local law enforcement. The district continues to fully cooperate with the police and prosecutor.

The District reported the allegations to the Ohio Department of Education, and the superintendent will recommend to the Board of Education that Schuler be suspended without pay as the district begins termination proceedings. The Board will act upon those recommendations at its next meeting on Tuesday.

Shuler is in custody at the Warren County Jail. She was ordered to turn herself in by 4 p.m.

An email was sent to parents of Mason students on January 31st about the incident. It reads:

Dear MHS family:

I am writing to let you know of a situation that occurred, and of the steps we have taken to address the issue.

We became aware of a situation two weeks ago regarding one of our teachers that triggered an investigation. Because it is a personnel matter, I cannot go into details concerning the teacher or the nature of the investigation. However, the information we received prompted us to follow Mason City Schools' policies and procedures for removing the teacher from the classroom. The teacher was placed on administrative paid leave on January 19, and the matter was turned over to local law enforcement. We continue to fully cooperate with the police.

Additionally, an administrator was placed on administrative paid leave on January 25. This personnel matter is not being investigated by the police.

We understand that there is a lot of confusion and hurt among our students and staff. The Mason City School District and Mason High School are committed to the safety and well-being of our students, and will not tolerate behavior that does not conform to that goal. Our staff is committed and prepared to helping our students during this situation, and know how it important it is to build trust with our students and families.

We all play a role in making sure our schools are safe. Remind your child how critical it is to talk to an adult in our school if he or she sees or hears something that makes him or her uncomfortable or seems out of line. Encourage your child to avoid gossip and rumors. With your help, we can continue to keep our school a safe and effective place to learn.

Sincerely,
Mindy McCarty-Stewart
Mason High School Principal

Schuler has been ordered to appear at 8:30 a.m. on February 25th 2010 in court in Lebanon.

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