A former English teacher at Marysville High School has been charged for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.
Stacy L. McConoughey, 36, is charged with having sex with a male student starting in October of 2014 and continuing until May of 2015. The victim was 18 years of age, and a senior at the high school. The student had been enrolled in McConoughey’s English class as well as being her teacher’s aide. The student graduated from the school in 2015.
McConoughey was indicted by the Union County Grand Jury on four counts of sexual battery, each a felony of the third degree.
The indictment alleges four separate sexual events – two of which allegedly occurred while school grounds.
Sexual battery is a high-tier felony of the third degree, punishable by a prison term of 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54 or 60 months in prison and a fine of $10,000.
McConoughey faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison if convicted of all offenses. Upon conviction, she would be required to register as a Tier III sex offender with the Sheriff in person every 90 days for her lifetime.
Union County Prosecuting Attorney David Phillips said the relationship is a crime even if the student is of legal age.
“We cannot have a situation in a high school where sex between students and teachers occurs,” he said. “The teacher is in a position of authority; the student is subordinate. Ohio law makes any sort of sexual relationship between a teacher and a student at the school a felony – even when the student is 18 and even if the student consents. Parents rely on teachers to educate their children, not engage in a sexual relationship with them.”
McConoughey was relieved of her duties by the school after the relationship came to light, and subsequently resigned her position.
Arraignment is scheduled for July 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Phillips noted that 99% of teachers do not engage in any form of inappropriate relationship with students. He said parents may notice a change in behavior in their child, if he or she is involved in an inappropriate teacher relationship.