Hamilton teacher, coach pleads guilty to sex charge involving student

Hamilton teacher, coach pleads guilty to sex charge involving student

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton teacher and coach accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student has pleaded guilty to a sex charge, Hamilton police said Wednesday.

Hilary Dattilo pleaded out to a gross sexual imposition charge and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 3.

She was initially charged earlier this year with felony sexual battery and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to her indictment.

Butler County prosecutors allege the offense occurred on Nov. 1, 2017. At that time, Dattilo was the assistant coach for varsity girls volleyball and head coach for the junior varsity team, according to Hamilton police.

The student's mother went to school officials with concerns about an alleged sexual encounter  between Dattilo and her daughter off campus between Aug. 3 and Dec. 8, police have said.

School officials alerted Hamilton police, who launched an investigation.

Dattilo initially pleaded not guilty and has not publicly spoken about the matter.

She remains free after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, according to the Butler County Jail.

Dattilo is still on unpaid administrative leave from the school district while the board continues to go through the process of firing her, a district spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Dattilo also remains under orders to stay away from school properties and events and not to have contact with students.

"We started the termination process months ago and today our Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Dr. Chad Konkle, sent information to the Ohio Department of Education's Office of Professional Conduct, which will investigate with the possibility of revoking her license," said Joni Copas, Hamilton schools spokeswoman.

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