Mason teacher indicted on sex crimes

MASON, Ohio - A Mason teacher accused of having an innapropriate relationshipwith students and supplying alcohol to minors remains behind barson a $50,000 bond.

Mason High School Health and Physical Education teacher StacySchuler, 32, appeared in court Friday afternoon after she wasindicted on 16 counts of sexual battery and three counts ofsupplying alcohol to minors.

The school discovered the alleged conduct after an anonymous tipled to investigation.

"I'm a little bit shocked but not really," said Mason seniorTate Honaker.

Honaker said that rumors about Schuler's alleged relationshipswith students were common.

"This kind of confirmed the rumors," Honaker added.

Zach Hess a graduate with class of 2010 said the rumors werepresent back when he was a junior.

"I heard the rumors about her before. It was going around theschool that she slept with students before," said Hess.

"She related well with us because she was young," saidHonaker.

Schuler was placed on paid leave on Jan. 18.

The Warren County Prosecutor's Office held a news conferenceFriday afternoon to discuss the matter.

According to court documents, there may be as many as fivevictims.

"As the head of the district, I would like to believe that weshould be able to prevent these types of situations," saidSuperintendent Dr. Kevin Bright. "However, I know that people withbad intent can find ways to do bad things...I also know that with1,400 employees and 11,000 students, we are not immune to some ofthe terrible things that happen outside of school."

Assistant Principal George Coates has resigned for allegedlyhaving innapropriate text messages with Schuler.

If Schuler is able to post bond, she must remain on housearrest, wear an electronic monitoring device and can't have anycontact.

Officials will move to terminate Schuler at a meeting on Feb.8.

Schuler is scheduled back in court Feb. 9.


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