Evidence questioned in Fairfield teacher’s alleged sex crime

A Fairfield teacher facing criminal charges for alleged sexual activity with a student was in court today with a new attorney for a pre-trial hearing.

Tyler Conrad, 26, of Victor Court in Hamilton, was indicted in November on two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony; sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor; and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The alleged activity happened between Conrad and a 16-year-old female Fairfield High School student between Aug. 16 and Oct. 9, according to the indictment.

Today, Conrad’s attorney asked the judge for a two-week continuance while he hammered out issues he has with evidence provided by the prosecution.

Defense attorney Christopher Pagan said some of the documents are marked counsel only and redacted and the bill of particulars, which spells out the specifics of the indictment, has such a broad date range he is not sure if multiple crimes are alleged during the time frame.

He indicated he needed to talk with assistant prosecutor Kelly Heile before setting a trial date or filing motions.

Judge Keith Spaeth set Jan. 26 as Conrad’s next trial date. He is free on $15,000 bond.

Conrad, who entered a not guilty plea, is a Badin High School graduate and attended the University of Cincinnati. He has no criminal history.

The investigation began when Fairfield police were contacted by Butler County Children Services about possible illegal activity between a Fairfield High School teacher and student. Police opened an investigation and advised school administrators of the allegations.

At arraignment in November, Spaeth told Conrad: “Stay away from this young lady, stay away from the school.”

The Fairfield school board has taken the first steps to terminate Conrad.

Conrad was hired by Fairfield schools on Aug. 6, 2015. He was an assistant football coach from August 2015 until 2016, according to school officials.

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