Former Teacher Sentenced to 2-Years in Prison for Sex with Student

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Former substitute teacher Mary Schnell, 25, enters the Portage County Common Pleas Court on May 11, 2012, for her sentencing in a student-sex case. (WJW)

AURORA, Ohio—A former substitute teacher, who previously worked in the Aurora City School District, was sentenced to two-years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a student.

Mary E. Schnell, 25, of Aurora, plead guilty to a single count of sexual battery in January after being indicted on two felony counts of sexual battery in July of last year.

Schnell will be classified as a Tier III sexual offender and will have to report to authorities in the county she lives in every 90 days for the rest of her life.

According to Schnell’s criminal court docket, she was arrested on the charge on July 18, 2011.

Schnell admitted to having sexual contact with a 16-year-old Aurora High School student on at least two occasions from May 1, 2011 to June 9, 2011.

Lt. Greg Johnson with the Portage County Sheriff’s Department tells Fox 8 News that the relationship was initially discovered by Streetsboro Police during surveillance of a hotel parking lot along State Route 14 and 303, near the Ohio Turnpike.

An investigation started after Schnell and the student were found in a car talking.

Lt. Johnson says that further investigation by authorities discovered that Schnell and the 16-year-old engaged in sexual activity in the parking lot of a bar in Mantua Township.

Schnell faced a maximum sentence of five-years in prison and a $10,000 fine at sentencing.

She was ordered to have no contact with the victim and will have to serve five-years of probation upon her release from jail.