Ohio teacher convicted for showing horror movie to high school students

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former substitute teacher who showed a movie including graphic sex and violence to an Ohio high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

A jury convicted Sheila Kearns of four felony counts Thursday. The convictions carry possible jail sentences, but the 58-year-old Kearns is expected to get probation when she’s sentenced in March.

Prosecutors say Kearns showed the film “The ABCs of Death” during five periods of a Spanish class at East High School in Columbus in April 2013.

The movie consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death. Students in the class that watched the movie ranged in age from 14 to 18.

Kearns contended she didn’t watch the movie and was unaware of its content. Her attorney says she never would have knowingly showed it.