Former EHOVE Career Center teacher Michael A. Edwards received a prison term for a series of sex crimes with a teenage girl and had his marriage dissolved on the same day.
Edwards, 48, most recently of Huron, received a 30-month prison sentence Tuesday for three counts of sexual battery.
The ex-EHOVE chef faced as much as 15 years for having sex multiple times with a 17-year-old female student. The defendant earlier resigned from his job as culinary arts instructor and surrendered his teaching license. Edwards taught at EHOVE for 13 years.
After his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Edwards attended a hearing in Erie County Common Pleas Court about his divorce, which he didn’t contest, according to a media report. “He agreed to everything. (His ex-wife) was very fair,” defense attorney Kevin Zeiher told the Sandusky Register.
On April 17, Edwards pleaded guilty to the three third-degree felonies on a bill of information. That means he agreed to be convicted without having his case presented to a grand jury for indictment.
Edwards was convicted of offenses from Aug. 1, 2012 through July 1, 2013. According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, he had an “ongoing sexual relationship” with the victim, which started with texting each other and then became physical.
Deputies have said Edwards and the girl had consensual sex multiple times in Sandusky, Huron, Milan Township and his family’s Wickford Place residence.