An ex-Centerville High School teacher and former girls golf coach was sentenced to community control sanctions for five years after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery against a student of his during the 2005-06 school year.
Michael Weaver, 43, also will never teach again and will register as a Tier III sex offender every three months for the rest of his life. Weaver reached a plea agreement with prosecutors earlier this month in which a third sexual battery count was dropped.
The now-adult victim read a statement that she confided in Weaver, that he took advantage of her and that he “treated her like a sex object.”
Judge Mary Katherine Huffman ruled on the case in which prosecutors were seeking the maximum sentence and Weaver’s attorney was hoping for community control sanctions. The victim asked that Weaver get psychological help and spend a few years in prison.
“i just want to say I am sorry,” Weaver said. “I am responsible and my actions were wrong.”
Huffman said the letters from his family and friends “spoke volumes” and that neither Weaver nor his supporters made any excuses for him. She also stated medical professionals said his risk for re-offending was low.
Weaver, who has a law degree and taught government classes at Centerville, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a female former student, who reported sexual activity between Weaver and herself during her sophomore year to the Centerville Police Department. Police investigated the complaint during the past few months.
A warrant was issued for Weaver, who is married with children and was so during the criminal activity. Centerville Police Department public information officer John Davis said none of the alleged acts happened on school grounds. Davis said he doesn’t remember a similar case involving a Centerville teacher in his 21 years.
At the time of Weaver’s indictment, Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said: “High school teachers are entrusted with the responsibility of educating children who are becoming young adults. This defendant took advantage of his position and developed a sexual relationship with a minor student. Such activity cannot be condoned.”
By Mark Gokavi - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)
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