A first-year teacher from Monroeville, Ohio, will permanently lose his teaching license after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor related to a relationship with a student at another school. He could receive time in custody for up to three months along with a $750 fine. The courts are conducting a pre-sentence investigation in which the man may wish to solidify his criminal defense strategy.
The man has been on paid leave from his teaching position at a junior high school since May for his alleged inappropriate involvement with a teen girl. The school officially reported that his termination was due to a reduction in force based on financial constraints. The Huron County Children Services contacted the school to report its investigation of the teacher.
The allegations against this teacher have changed his future, and the potential long-term consequences for this man have destroyed his teaching career. He will not be able to practice his profession of choice again because of the crime to which he has pleaded guilty. The courts may consider the penalties that have already been imposed when they determine additional consequences for his behavior.
Like law enforcement personnel and medical professionals, teachers hold a position of responsibility, and the community expects them to behave responsibly. This especially relates to their conduct with children and the most vulnerable populations. However, teachers who are charged with a crime deserve professional legal representation that will defend their rights. It is not fair for anyone to be convicted in the court of public opinion without the opportunity for an actual criminal trial.
Source: Norwalk Reflector, "Local teacher to forfeit license after relationship with girl," Scott Seitz, Sept. 24, 2012