A Fairfield High School teacher received the maximum sentence Thursday for a sex crime involving a student.
Tyler Conrad, 27, was convicted last month of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Conrad was sentenced to 60 days in jail for the sexual imposition charge and 180 days for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both the maximum. The 60-day sentence will run concurrent with the 180-day sentence for a total of 180 days in the Butler County Jail. He has been in jail since June 2 and will receive credit for time served.
Judge Keith Spaeth also declared Conrad a Tier I Sex Offender, requiring him to register his residence for 15 years.
The judge denied the defense’s attempt to merge the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge, meaning Conrad would only have been sentenced on the sexual imposition charge.
Before sentencing, the judge said he had received statements from the teen victim and her parents. The judge also read letters from Conrad’s mother and other family members.
Conrad declined to make a statement before sentencing.
Spaeth noted except for these charges, it appeared that Conrad was a law abiding citizen, but he had some strong words for his sexual conduct with a student.
“It is despicable, Mr. Conrad,” said Spaeth, noting that he had disrupted the victim’s life and education.
The judge said Conrad broke a major rule of teaching.
“You do not have this type of relationship with a 15-year-old student,” Spaeth said.
Fairfield City Schools is moving forward in firing Conrad.
“Irrespective of the outcome of the criminal proceedings, the District believes that Mr. Conrad’s conduct constitutes grounds for termination of his teaching contract. He has been suspended without pay and benefits and will continue to be so suspended during the pendency of termination proceedings. Mr. Conrad has requested a hearing before a state-appointed referee. That hearing would be the next step in the process. We have no additional comment at this time,” Fairfield Schools Superintendent Billy Smith said in a prepared statement after Thursday’s sentencing.
At trial defense attorney Chris Pagan said the teen repeatedly lied to Fairfield detectives and to her parents about the alleged sexual activity when the investigation began in October.
Spaeth said while he is mindful that the circumstances might cause the teen victim to be confused, scared and emotional when she gave testimony in court and talked to police, “the inconsistencies and deception go well beyond what this court might expect from a young person in the (teen’s) circumstance.”
Thus Conrad was found not guilty of a felony charge of sexual battery.
But Spaeth found sufficient 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.
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