Ohio teacher pleads not guilty to sex charges with students

CINCINNATI (AP) — A high school teacher accused of having sex with two 16-year-old male students has pleaded not guilty to sexual-battery charges in southwest Ohio.

Julie Hautzenroeder, 36, of Loveland, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Cincinnati to two counts of sexual battery. She could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Hautzenroeder is a science teacher at Colerain High School in suburban Cincinnati and has been placed on administrative leave.

Joshua Berkowitz, assistant Hamilton County prosecutor, says Hautzenroeder allegedly invited the two boys to her home to spend a night this spring, gave them alcohol and marijuana and had sex with them.

Hautzenroeder’s attorney, William Stewart Matthews, declined to comment today other than to confirm the not-guilty plea.

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