Stacy Schuler at a court appearance on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. Bill Price
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Insanity plea accepted for former Mason teacher charged with sex crimes

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LEBANON, Ohio - A former Mason High School teacher charged with sex crimes against students will be allowed to plea not guilty by reason of insanity at her trial.

A judge on Tuesday ordered Stacy Schuler, 33, to undergo a mental evaluation.

Schuler changed her original plea of not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity last week. Her trial, which was scheduled to begin Aug. 8, has been pushed back until her mental evaluation can be completed.

Schuler is on electronic monitoring and has to abide to a curfew ordered by the court upon her release from the Warren County jail in February.

She resigned from her position as health and physical education teacher with Mason City Schools. She is facing 16 counts of sexual battery and three additional counts of giving alcohol to underage teenagers. She is currently staying with her parents in the Dayton, Ohio area.

Schuler is also prohibited from having any contact with anyone under the age of 19, except family members.

The investigation started in January when Mason school officials say they got a tip about a teacher allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with students. That school investigation then triggered a police criminal investigation of the allegations.

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