Mason teacher found guilty of sex crimes to undergo additional psychological analysis
Sarah Beth Hensley, WCPO Digital
6:46 AM, Jul 12, 2012
9:25 PM, Jul 12, 2012
MASON, Ohio - A Mason High School teacher convicted of having sex with students will face additional psychological analysis after her pre-trial hearing Thursday.
Stacy Schuler, who was found guilty of 16 counts of sexual battery in October 2011, was hoping the trial would result in her early release from prison. However, when her attorney, Charlie Rittgers made the appeal, a judge said Schuler needed to undergo additional psychological evaluation to determine if she has any psychological disorders.
The former Mason High School physical education teacher was convicted of having sex with five male students at her Springboro home in the fall of 2010. Warren County Judge Robert Peeler sentenced Schuler to four years in prison on Oct. 27 after finding her guilty of sexual battery and providing alcohol to minors.
In her case, Schuler pleaded not guilty to the charges by reason of insanity. During the trial, Schuler claimed she didn't remember the sex crimes because manic episodes were exasperated by an anti-depressant and magnified by the use of alcohol. Schuler had been diagnosed with several mental illnesses including bipolar disorder.
Rittgers said Schuler should be granted early released because she has been a model prisoner teaching yoga, tutoring fellow inmates and working with prison cooks to provide healthier meals, according to court documents filed in April.
Rittgers suggests Schuler be released with probation. She has been serving her sentence at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville for about eight months of her four-year sentence.
Schuler did not attend the pre-trial hearing.
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