Update: The Ohio teacher who was accused of sexually battering one of her students on multiple occasions has pleaded guilty to several charges.
The incidents took place in the home of Heidi Hallstein, who taught chemistry at Hudson High School.
Hallstein was also a certified martial arts instructor who taught Karate in Kent, Ohio.
By Kaylee Remington
Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland
Aug. 20–PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio — A 56-year-old Hudson City Schools teacher faces charges that accuse her of sexually assaulting a student, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office said.
Heidi Hallstein of Franklin Township is charged with sexual battery in an encounter that happened in January 2017, the sheriff’s office said.
Hudson police contacted sheriff’s deputies and informed them of a sexual assault involving a minor student, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hallstein is currently being held in the Portage County Jail until her initial court appearance in Portage County Court, the sheriff’s office said.
The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Hudson Superintendent Phil Herman released the following statement to parents on Thursday evening:
A Portage County Sheriff’s Detective has informed the Hudson City School District that Hudson High School teacher Heidi Hallstein (formerly Heidi Gauntner) has been charged and arrested today for sexual battery — a third degree felony. Ms. Hallstein has been employed by the district since August 1995. The charges stem from an alleged sexual encounter that took place off school property, in January 2017, with a former Hudson High School student who was a minor at the time.
Ms. Hallstein has resigned her teaching position, and the district will initiate the surrender of Ms. Hallstein’s teaching license with the Ohio Department of Education.
The District has been working diligently with the Hudson Police Department and has provided any relevant information the District has regarding these allegations. The Hudson Police Department investigated these serious allegations, and then properly referred their investigation to the Portage County Sheriff’s Department, where the alleged crime had occurred. In order to protect the privacy of the student victim and the integrity of the investigation, we cannot share further details at this time. However, specific questions may be referred to the Hudson Police Department.
If any current or former student has a concern or wishes to speak with the Portage County Sheriff’s office concerning this case, please call Portage County Detective Robert James at (330) 296-5100 or Hudson Police Detective Brian Kozel at (330) 342-1871. In addition, our high school counselors are also available by calling (330) 653-1420.
Safety is always our primary concern and keeping you informed is important to us. Schools must be a safe and protected place for students, and teachers are held to the highest standards. These allegations are criminal and a violation of the trust that our children, parents, and community place in adults as educators. Again, if you or any of our students need support or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me, our building principals, or our school counselors.
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