A former Fairfield High School teacher serving a jail sentence for a sex crime involving a student was in court today asking for a new trial.
Tyler Conrad, 27, was convicted in May of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, during a bench trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Conrad was found not guilty of a felony charge of sexual battery.
In the motion for a new trial, defense attorney Chris Pagan said Conrad was prejudiced by lack of pretrial disclosure by the prosecution concerning the time frame of the alleged offenses.
Judge Keith Spaeth was prepared to hear arguments today for a new trial, but Pagan and Conrad said they wanted it rescheduled until after he was out of jail and attorneys could talk with witnesses and review evidence.
A hearing for a new trial was rescheduled for Dec. 15.
Spaeth sentenced Conrad to 180 days in the Butler County Jail. He was also declared a Tier I Sexual Offender requiring him to register his residence for 15 years.
Spaeth found sufficient evidence to convict Conrad of sex crimes with a 15-year-old female student. Specifically, evidence concerning an incident that occurred between May 26 and May 29, 2016 when the teen said Conrad made arrangements to pick her up, then drive her to a residence in Ross Twp. where he kissed her and touched her private area on the outside of her clothes.
Conrad has been terminated by the school board, but has requested a hearing to appeal, according to Gina Gentry-Fletcher, a spokeswoman for the school district.