She wasn’t just a year or two out of teacher training college. And certainly more than old enough to know better!
A 57-year-old high school chemistry teacher in Ohio has pleaded guilty to having sexual frolics in her home with an underage student.
Heidi Hallstein, of Franklin Township, entered a written guilty plea for gross sexual imposition and attempted unlawful contact with a minor last Friday.
Portage County Common Pleas Court Judge Laurie Pittman then subsequently convicted Hallstein of both charges.
Her plea comes months after her arrest in August when investigators accused her engaging in sexual conduct with a minor student of Hudson High School, where she taught chemistry, back in January 2017.
The abuse took place at Hallstein’s home where she then lived on West College Avenue and not on school grounds, officials said.
Before her arrest, Hallstein was a chemistry teacher at Hudson High School for approximately 22 years. After her arrest, Hallstein resigned from her position.
In a statement to the Record Courier last August, Hudson City School District Superintendent Phil Herman said that the school district would “initiate the surrender of Ms. Hallstein’s teaching license with the Ohio Department of Education.”
“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,” said Herman in his statement. “In order to protect the privacy of the student victim and the integrity of the investigation, we cannot share further details at this time.”
According to Cleveland 19 News, Hallstein is free on $30,000 bond until her sentencing hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.