Stacy Schuler Trial Day 3: Defense rests their case

Former student witness hugging Stacy Schuler during trial
Former student witness hugging Stacy Schuler during trial

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - On day three in the Stacy Schuler trial in Warren County the defense has rested by trying to make the point that the five Mason High School students involved took advantage of her.

Stacy Schuler, 33, is accused of having sex with multiple students while she was a gym teacher and athletic trainer for Mason High School between August and December of last year. More of the sexual encounters involving the five high school boys behind the closed doors of Stacy Schuler's Springboro home came out in court Tuesday.

Former students, colleagues, and Stacy Schuler's mother took the stand Wednesday as the defense begins its case for the former Mason teacher accused of having sex with five of her students.

Defense attorneys called an expert witness in day three of the trial that claims that Schuler had medical and psychological issues and that the five students took advantage of her.

Testimony by clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Ken Manges revealed Schuler's marriage then divorce caused post traumatic stress disorder.

"She was sexually abused, in the sense that she was forced to participate in sexual acts that she chose not to, but had to," said Manges.

Manges diagnosed Schuler to being manic, a condition that causes someone to do uncontrolled acts that are often outside of a person's recollection. He testified Schuler drinking alcohol the nights the boys came over could magnify this condition.

The combination of alcohol potentates that, the drinking of alcohol with the Zoloft in a person that has a proclivity for a manic condition is the perfect storm

Manges also testified to conducting more than a half dozen psychological tests on Schuler.

"Her behavior on the test, and her behavior sitting across the desk are grossly different than what would happen during those indiscretions," said Dr. Manges. "So it would not be her style or approach on an everyday basis to commit those acts."

On Tuesday there was stunning testimony from two females who were former students at Mason High, who said they once confided in Schuler, and when the rumors around the school began swirling, they say Schuler informed them that she was already devising a defense plan.

"She talked about how she would just try to plead insane, because of how her divorce, she had a bad divorce," said a witness who didn't want to be identified.

The non jury trial that began Monday is expected to wrap up this week.

The prosecution rested its case on Tuesday against a former Mason teacher accused of having sex with multiple students.

Schuler's defense claims she suffers from multiple personality disorders and doesn't even remember having sex with the boys.

The trial resumes Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Warren County Courthouse.

FOX19 will continue to follow this case and update this story as more information becomes available.

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