Stacy Schuler, a former Ohio high school gym teacher, was convicted of having sex with her former students. Schuler has been sentenced to four years in prison following the rejection of her insanity defense by a judge. She was convicted on sixteen counts of sexual battery, reports said.
Reports suggest that Stacy Schuler, 33, had sex with at least five students of the Mason High School in her Springboro residence in 2010. Some of the students with whom she had sex were football players.
Schuler's trial ended Thursday and her lawyers made efforts to defend her deeds with justifications such as their client is a vegan diet, uses antidepressants, faints from alcohol and even ill-tempered bowel syndrome, adding all of it made her powerless in differentiating between right and wrong.
"This is a noble profession that you have, and I've heard a lot of good things about you, but I know that you had the opportunity, as all teachers do, to affect the lives of our children," Judge Robert Peeler said. "You crossed a line."
Moreover, parents of the students also had unkind words for Stacy Schuler, who was once deemed an inspiring teacher at the high school.
"She groomed these boys, she took advantage of their vulnerabilities she crossed the line and it is unacceptable," mother of one victim said.
According to five students who gave their testimonies, Stacy Schuler used to drink alcohol before starting her sexual acts. Reports suggest that the majority of victims were seventeen-year-olds at that time. Although the age of sexual consent is 16 in Ohio, teachers are prohibited from having sex with students.
"We had no idea that this was going to happen, and we're like what is going on? We think she wants to have sex with us," one of the victims testified in the court. "She started giving us all back massages. She like gave us all each individually ... we all took our shirts off and she was just rubbing down our backs."
The judge took only 45 minutes to announce his decision that convicted Stacy Schuler on sixteen felony counts in addition to three criminal counts of giving alcohol to minors.
According to the Associated Press, Schuler refused to make statement following her conviction and sentence, yet she shed tears as she was handcuffed and escorted out of the court.