Couple return to court in beating case at Mason private school

2 adults charged in beating of local man; fight started during volleyball game

MASON, Ohio (FOX19) - An Arlington Heights couple accused of severely beating a man outside his daughter’s volleyball game at St. Susanna School in Mason were convicted Monday when the appeared in court.

Gerald Gertz, Jr. and Sarah Hatfield, both 39, were convicted of charges in connection with the Sept. 27, 2019, attack on Raymond Phipps, 44, of Lebanon.

Mason police said at the time they found Phipps beaten “badly” and in need of an EMS response outside the school.

He was taken to UC West Chester Hospital.

The charges were increased after prosecutors were advised of the severity of Phipps' injuries.

Phipps suffered two cracked ribs, crushed wrist bones and his teeth were knocked out.

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Phipps said he got into an argument with another parent during the girls’ middle school volleyball game and left. He said he was attacked from behind while on the phone.

“Gerald Gertz Jr. began punching and kicking him in the head and face,” the police report quoted Phipps' account. “While he was on the ground being attacked, he stated he saw a woman standing over him kicking and stomping on his face. The female was later identified by witnesses as Sarah Hatfield.”

Hatfield was found guilty of assault, which is a misdemeanor, and entered an Alford plea.

Alford Plea sometimes referred to as a best-interests plea, is defined by Cornell Law School as “a formal claim neither of guilt nor innocence toward charges brought against a defendant in criminal court.”

Gertz pled guilty to felonious assault on Monday and he could face between two to eight years in jail as well as a $15,000 fine.

The pair is also facing a hearing to determine restitution to Phipps during the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Nov. 12.

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