Hamilton High School teacher faces sex charge involving student

Hilary Dattilo pleads not guilty
Posted at 11:09 AM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 13:05:00-05

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A Hamilton High School teacher and volleyball coach was booked into jail Tuesday on a sex charge involving a student.

Hilary Dattilo, 30, of Monroe, faces two counts: sexual battery, a felony, and contributing to the unruliness/delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.

Dattilo turned herself into police, the Journal-News reported. At arraignment Tuesday morning, she pleaded not guilty and was given a $5,000 bond with the ability to post 10 percent. Magistrate Harold Reed ordered she be taken into custody.

The alleged crimes involve a female student, and the alleged encounters occurred off school property, according to Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson.

The Hamilton City School District has put her on leave pending proceedings to fire her.

"Simply put, we will not tolerate behavior that places our children in jeopardy," the statement said.

Robinson said parents reported a possible inappropriate relationship between Dattilo and the student to a school staff member, and police began an investigation right away.

The sexual battery charge is alleged to have occurred between Nov. 1 and Nov. 22 and the contributing charge between Oct. 1 and Dec. 18, according to the direct indictment handed down by a Butler County grand jury on Monday.

A pre-trial hearing for Dattilo is scheduled for Feb. 8 before Judge Noah Powers.