COLERAIN TWP., Ohio -- Former Colerain High School teacher Julie Hautzenroeder was admonished by a judge Friday after being found guilty of one count of sexual battery for accusations she had sex with two 16-year-old students.
Judge Norbert Nadel told Hautzenroeder she was "stupid" for her actions and said she not only "ruined" her career but put the whole school district in jeopardy.
Hautzenroeder, 36, will now be a registered sex offender. She was found not guilty of a second count of sexual battery.
Hautzenroeder faces up to five years in prison. She is free on bond until her sentencing on Dec. 11.
Jurors reached their verdict Friday afternoon after starting deliberations Thursday. There was little emotion from Hautzenroeder when the guilty verdict was announced.
Prosecutors think it may have been what she said outside of court that convinced the jurors of her guilt. Sexually laced text messages exchanged between Hautzenroeder and the student also included using drugs.
In closing arguments, prosecutor Josh Burkowitz said Hautzenroeder’s alleged sex acts with the two teens were intentional and not some accident. He said text messages between her and one student that referred to a sex act were incredibly incriminating.
Hautzenroeder’s lawyer, Stewart Mathews, said she made serious lapses in judgment by inviting the teens to her Loveland condo but attacked them as drug users and liars.
One teen testified that his dream job was to be a porn star and that he was tweeting and texting his way through life in a marijuana-induced fog.
Mathews also emphasized that Hautzenroeder consistently denied having sex with them.
The former biology teacher took the stand Wednesday and denied the two teens’ claims that she had sex, smoked pot and drank alcohol with them in her home last spring.
"One of the teens came up and started kissing me. I felt very uncomfortable. They persisted and said it was their fantasy," she said.
When the two teens testified Tuesday, they described an evening of sex, pot and alcohol with the teacher.
"I thought it was cool to get with a teacher," one teen said.
They said they were lying naked on either side of Hautzenroeder in her bed and received sexual favors from her.
"Julie rolled over to me and she started giving me oral sex," one student said. "She said her house was like Vegas: what happens there stays there."
Day two of the trial began with testimony by Northwest Local School District Superintendent Andrew Jackson, who originally reported Hautzenroeder to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.
"There were copies of text messages between Hautzenroeder and [student]," Jackson said. "There were texts suggesting drug use between Hautzenroeder and [student]."
Hautzenroeder worked for the Northwest Local School District since 2006. She was suspended in May after the sheriff's office investigated.
After Jackson's testimony, prosecutors played portions of a police interview with Hautzenroeder.
"We started talking," she said in the interview. "He began being flirtatious and I began being somewhat flirtatious and sarcastic."
Hautzenroeder said she "never had sex with teens" and told them to sleep on the couch. She said one of them climbed on top of her during the night. She also said she never served them alcohol and they brought the marijuana.