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An ex-teacher meets the legal definition of “insane,” a psychologist testified, because medical conditions, medications and alcohol use combined in a “perfect storm,” preventing Stacy Schuler from comprehending the wrongfulness of her alleged sex with teen boys.
“I believe she had a severe mental disease when she participated in those sexual acts with those guys,” testified Kenneth Manges, a Cincinnati forensic psychologist who evaluated Schuler, 33, of Springboro.
But prosecutors argued that Schuler should be held responsible for her actions.
Schuler, who resigned from her teaching job at Mason High School in February, faces decades in prison if convicted of sex acts with five former Mason students during the fall of 2010. Her trial, which began Monday in Common Pleas Court, could conclude today; the courtroom overflowed with spectators Wednesday, requiring additional chairs to be brought in.
She has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to 16 felony counts of sexual battery and three misdemeanor counts of providing alcohol to minors. Manges’ testimony, spanning nearly two hours, formed a cornerstone of her insanity defense. (more…)