A Muskingum County couple pleaded guilty today to reduced charges stemming from a June bachelorette party that got out of hand.
Matthew Gross, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted gross sexual imposition, a fifth-degree felony, and a count of attempted perjury, a fourth-degree felony. He faces a maximum sentence of 2 ½ years in prison.
His wife, Michele, a former seventh-grade math teacher at Tri-Valley Middle School, pleaded guilty to falsification and a count of furnishing alcohol to an underage person, both first-degree misdemeanors.
Sentencing for both was postponed by Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Fleegle pending a pre-sentence investigation.
Gross originally was indicted on two counts of rape after a member of the bachelorette party claimed he had sex with her in his backyard swimming pool while his wife was in a nearby lawn chair, unconscious from drinking, and the rest of the party was attending to the bride-to-be, who was sick in an inside bathroom.
He was tried on the rape charges in January, but a split jury resulted in a mistrial.
Both Matthew and Michele Gross were charged with lying to the grand jury after allegedly denying that any alcohol was served.
Mrs. Gross, 37, was charged with six counts of serving alcohol to underage persons and one count of perjury two weeks after her husband’s hung jury. She resigned her teaching position at Tri-Valley Middle School that same week.
By Eric Lyttle - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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