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Former teacher sent to prison

OTTAWA — A former teacher and coach at Kalida Local Schools was sentenced Monday to 10½ years in prison for engaging in sexual acts with students.

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Former Kalida teacher and coach Jeremy Stober appears in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Monday for sentencing on sex-related charges. Stober was given a 10 1/2-year prison term for engaging in sexual acts with students. (COURIER PHOTO | RANDY ROBERTS)

A Putnam County Common Pleas Court jury in February found Jeremy Stober, 42, of Holgate, guilty on five counts of sexual battery, gross sexual imposition and importuning.

The jury said Stober engaged in sexual conduct with an 18-year-old student in June 2010, and that he solicited sexual conduct between August 2009 and January 2010 from a 15-year-old girl. Stober was also found guilty of three counts of making sexual contact with the teenagers from 2001 through 2011.

The crimes are felonies of the third-, fourth- and fifth-degree. As a part of his sentence, Stober must register as a Tier III sex offender, which requires him to register his residence with authorities every 90 days for life.

The jury found him not guilty of tampering with evidence, attempted sexual battery and a count of gross sexual imposition.

Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder asked for the maximum sentence, which was imposed by Judge Randall Basinger. In asking for the maximum sentence, Schroeder said Stober used "grooming behavior" to target the girls.

He said while Stober will eventually leave prison, the psychological damage he inflicted on the victims will remain.

"They will still be affected, and they will still suffer," he said.

The two victims told the court they forgive Stober, but said they have difficult problems to overcome.

They both asked Stober to seek help while serving time in prison.

"I wish that none of this would have happened," one said.

Judge Basinger admonished Stober for abusing his school position, where he worked for nearly 20 years. Parents relied on him to "ensure the safety and well-being of their children," the judge said.

Stober's actions disparage the excellent work of teachers and administrators, who must work to regain that trust, Basinger said.

"When you look at the special position of trust that you breached," Basinger said, "it has a significant effect because it is that special position."

Basinger said Stober has shown no remorse and taken no responsibility for his actions.

Stober coached volleyball, basketball and baseball at Kalida. He was placed on leave at the beginning of this school year.


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