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School teacher charged with sex with student after 20 years

September 14, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
School teacher charged with sex with student after 20 years

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Ohio school teacher arrested for having sex with female student over 20 years ago

An Ohio high school teacher has pleaded not guilty to continuously having sexual relations with her female student almost twenty years ago.

The Daily Mail reported that 48-year-old Kimberly Siracuse was taken into custody on Sunday on three counts of sexual battery deriving from incidents that began back in 1997.

Siracuse, who is employed as a social studies teacher at Ashland High School was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond on Monday after pleading not guilty.

As a provision of her release, Siracuse was prohibited from having any contact with the alleged victim or any student or staffer at Ashland High School.

The Ashland County Prosecutor’s Office reported that a grand jury indicted the school teacher on three charges of sexual battery following a detailed investigation.

Teacher jailed: Ohio social studies teacher Kimberly Siracuse (mugshot pictured left)  has been charged with three counts of sexual battery dating back to 1997

Teacher jailed: Ohio social studies teacher Kimberly Siracuse (mugshot pictured left) has been charged with three counts of sexual battery dating back to 1997

Each charge may carry a possible sentence of up to five years behind bars. According to Ohio state law, the statute of limitations on accusations of this nature is 20 years. Siracuse is scheduled to face trial in March 2017.

The Ashland City School District called the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Professional Conduct about Siracuse on March 2nd, citing “conduct unbecoming to the teaching profession,” WKYC reported.

The government and social studies teacher was placed on paid leave two days later. As the six-month investigation progressed, Siracuse was working from home on assignments but was not allowed to have any contact with students.

Investigators submitted the results of their investigation to the prosecutor’s office back in June, and she was arrested just after nine p.m. this past Sunday outside of a Buffalo Wild Wings.

Siracuse’s LinkedIn profile indicates that she, who has a Master’s degree in teaching from Georgetown University and a doctorate from Ashland University, has been working at Ashland City School for over 24 years.

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