LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - A Warren County Judge declared a former Mason teacher guilty of 16 counts of sexual battery and sentenced her to four years of prison. She was accused of having sex with five different Mason High School students on several occasions.
Stacy Schuler, 33, worked at Mason High School as a teacher and trainer before resigning due to the allegations.
In addition to the sexual battery charges, Schuler was also found guilty of three counts of offenses involving underage persons.
Judge Robert Peeler made his decision on Thursday after attorneys made their closing arguments earlier in the afternoon. The judge sentenced Schuler to four years in prison, but said she will be eligible for parole in six months. Once she is released from prison, she will be under five years probation, and have to register as a Tier III Sex Offender.
Schuler did not make any statements before her sentence was given, and stood stone faced as Judge Peeler announced his decision.
"You crossed a line, you wouldn't be here if they weren't your students, your sex life is your business," he said.
Schuler opted for a bench trial, meaning there was no jury.
After the judge made his decision, parents of the students involved the incident took the stand and tearfully made statements talking about how the incident had affected their children.
"These events have changed him greatly, not only in his relationships with girls but in society," said the mother of one of the victims as Schuler cried listening.
The judge heard testimony from students and teachers throughout the week. The defense attempted to prove that Schuler was mentally unstable, and had medical and psychological issues that led to the five students taking advantage of her.