Ohio Gym Teacher
October 28, 2011 by staff
Ohio Gym Teacher, A former gym teacher Ohio high school was convicted Thursday and sentenced to four years in prison for having sex with five students, some of them football players, after an insanity defense, who argued that students took advantage of it.
Stacy Schuler, 33, had sex with students at Mason High School in Springboro home in 2010. That had been a teacher and track coach at the school since 2000. An anonymous complaint this year prompted an investigation by the administrators.
She cried when she was handcuffed and left out of the courtroom after being convicted of sexual assault. She could have faced decades in prison.
She had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers had argued that medical and psychological problems and can not remember the allegations and that the students took advantage of it.
Five teenagers reported having sexual encounters with Schuler, saying he had been drinking alcohol at the time and was a willing participant who started most of the contact.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported a psychologist testified Thursday that the use of alcohol Schuler does not meet the state standard for an insanity defense and willingly drunk is not a legal defense to a crime.
“I think she had mental problems, but not a severe mental disease or defect,” said Nancy Schmidtgoessling Cincinnati.
“She probably felt miserable and probably was not working at their best, but never seem to get out of a severe mental disease or defect. She was not mentally ill at the time of these things that supposedly happened.”
Prior testimony of a psychologist of Defense stated that the medical and physical illnesses Schuler, combined with the vegan diet and the use of alcohol and an antidepressant was a “perfect storm” that impaired her ability to distinguish right from wrong.
The Middletown Journal reported that Dr. Kenneth Manges discussed the evidence used to evaluate Schuler.
“There was a need to be very correct … leading to a preference for politeness, formal relations, correct and diligent staff,” he said. “She is friendly, accommodating and very attentive to her superiors. … That is in total contradiction with the behavior he is accused.”
From a forensic point of view, he said, something had to be affecting their behavior.
Two alumni Mason stated that Schuler had devised a plan to enter a plea of ??insanity before one was charged. Other students testified for Schuler, holding her in the courtroom and tell the judge that he was an advocate of support that maintains proper limits.
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