A former teacher at Mason High School is claiming insanity as she faces trial on 16 counts of sexual battery involving students.
Attorneys for Stacy Schuler, 33, filed a one-sentence plea this week in Warren County court in Lebanon stating that she is not guilty by reason of insanity.
In a statement from Schuler's attorneys, they say, "It has come to light that during the period of the alleged misconduct, Stacy Schuler had become impaired and thereby unable to prevent the young men from taking advantage of her. In the fall of 2010, the young men involved in this case traveled across the county in order to take advantage of her impairment."
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Wednesday he thinks the plea change is interesting because Schuler earlier denied that the alleged offenses occurred.
"When you have a defendant who for a period of 6 or 7 months now, has adamantly denied the allegations that these juvenile students had made, and then after that occurs the defendant decides they're going to change their plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity, that's an unusual circumstance," Fornshell said.
FOX19 legal analyst Mike Allen says the plea could be a tactic by the defense to get Schuler's mental history on the record, but he as far as the defense actually proving insanity, he says it's an uphill battle.
"It's extremely rare that a not guilty by reason of insanity defense is successful," Allen said.
"In an insanity plea, the burden is on the defendant to prove that insanity defense, and so far what we've seen from this case, it certainly doesn't appear that she has any kind of mental issues that would qualify for an insanity defense."
Schuler resigned as health and gym teacher at Mason High School in the aftermath of her arrest this year. She was charged with 16 counts of sexual battery allegedly involving several teenage boys. She also faces three counts of providing alcohol to minors in the trial scheduled to start Aug. 8.
She was released from jail in February and ordered to have no contact with unrelated minors.