Trial begins for Fairfield teacher, coach accused of having sex with student

Posted at 11:11 AM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 19:32:08-04

HAMILTON, Ohio -- The sexual battery trial began Monday for a teacher accused of having sex with a student.

Tyler Michael Conrad, a teacher and coach at Fairfield High School, faces multiple sex charges involving a female student, Fairfield police said. The student was 16 at the time.

Conrad, 26, of Hamilton, was indicted on two counts of sexual battery, one count of sexual imposition and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The police department said the sexual activities between Conrad and the student occurred over the summer and fall months of 2016. Conrad was originally indicted in November 2016.

Conrad was hired by the district in August 2015, according to Fairfield City Schools spokesperson Gina Gentry-Fletcher. He was placed on administrative leave without pay in October 2016.

Conrad waived his right to a jury trial, which means Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth decide if Conrad is guilty, WCPO's news partner The Journal-News reported. The trial is expected to last two days and will likely include witnesses who are students, school officials, police officers and parents, according to court documents.

Conrad was offered a plea of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but it was rejected, according to Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Heile.

Conrad is a Badin High School and University of Cincinnati alumnus.

The Journal-News' Lauren Pack contributed to this report.