Former Mason teacher accused of 16 counts of sexual battery, in court Wednesday
LEBANON, OH (FOX19) -
A pretrial hearing was held Wednesday morning for the Mason teacher who has been accused of 16 counts of sexual battery involving students.
During the hearing, Stacy Schuler, 33, waived the option for a jury trial and opted for a bench trial. The judge also allowed her to remove the monitoring device.
Schuler turned in her resignation to the Mason City Schools Board of Education in February, just days after she was indicted on 16 counts of sexual battery and 3 counts of offenses involving underage persons.
The Warren County Prosecutor told FOX19 that the indictments involve five students, some of whom are on the football team.
The indictment stated 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 of 2010.
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.
In July, a Warren County judge a Warren County judge ordered a mental evaluation for Schuler after attorneys for Stacy Schuler filed a plea in Warren County court that she was not guilty by reason of insanity. Defense attorneys claim that Schuler was impaired and was unable to prevent the students from taking advantage of her.
The prosecution stated that changing her plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity, just three weeks prior to the original trial date of August 8, 2011, is a delay tactic.
The outcome from the mental evaluation is expected today.