A verdict may be reached as early as Thursday in the case of an Ohio high school teacher who allegedly had sex with five players on the school”s football team, then claimed insanity as a defense.
Stacy Schuler, 33, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 16 felony counts of sexual battery and three misdemeanor counts of providing alcohol to minors, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Schuler faces a maximum of 80 years in prison should she be convicted on all counts.
Attorneys for Schuler, who resigned from her post as a health and physical education teacher at Springboro”s Mason High School last February, reportedly have argued that the alleged sexual acts may never have occurred, as Schuler has no memory of them.
But two young men who testified during this week”s trial, which began Monday, described Schuler”s greeting them in her home, flirting and massaging them with oil. They then continued in either the bathroom or bedroom, reports Cincinnati TV station WKRC.
Another student, a girl who served as Schuler”s teacher”s aide for three years, testified on Tuesday that when she visited Schuler after graduation her former teacher said she feared for her job after something had happened with some students.
“She told me that if anyone ever found out she already had her defense planned out and that she”d try to say that she was insane,” the young woman said in court.
Schuler never testified on her own behalf. But the defense did call to the stand former students who spoke of Schuler”s dedication to her profession and the help she offered them. According to WKRC, their testimony painted a portrait of a teacher so nice that she admitted to having a difficult time setting boundaries.
The Enquirer also quoted from the testimony of Kenneth Manges, a Cincinnati forensic psychologist who, after evaluating Schuler, said, “I believe she had a severe mental disease when she participated in those sexual acts with those guys.”
Speaking on the stand, Manges went on to say that Schuler meets the legal definition of “insane,” because the combination of medical conditions, medications and alcohol use crated a “perfect storm” that kept her from comprehending the wrongfulness of her alleged sex with teen boys.