Union Local teacher charged with sexual battery
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio —
Union Local teacher Tiffany Cordes has been charged with one felony count of sexual battery after student-involved off-campus incident.
“A student was texting with a teacher, and his mother became aware of that,” Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry said. “She reported it to the school. We interviewed that student, and during that interview, he indicated that the teacher he had been texting with had indicated to him at some point either through a text message or verbally that she had ‘hooked up’ with this other student - and those were his words, ‘hooked up.’ That led us to who is now our victim, 18-year-old male student and when we questioned him he indicated that there was one instance where he and the teacher had hooked up sexually."
Though the student was 18, age does not matter because teacher was in a "position of trust," according to Fry.
Fry is giving credit to the Union Local School Board, which he says took immediate action in contacting authorities.
School officials learned of the incident Wednesday and, they turned it over to investigators and on Thursday morning.
Cordes, 27, was not allowed onto school property.
Last April, Cordes was approved by the school board on a certified 2-year limited contract with Union Local.
If convicted of the felony charge, Cordes could face up to 5 years in prison, along with the revocation of her teaching license.
She would also have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender every 90 days for life.