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Former McDonald High teacher and coach pleads guilty to having naked images of student

Published: Tue, April 22, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

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Prosecutors say man engaged in relationship with female student

By Ed Runyan



Alan Stanley, 49, of Merwin-Chase Road in Brookfield, a former McDonald High School teacher and varsity baseball coach, has pleaded guilty to two charges relating to an inappropriate relationship with a McDonald High School student.

Stanley, who resigned from the school district in October 2012, appeared before Judge Peter Kontos in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Monday to plead guilty to two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented matter or performance. He will be sentenced later.

He could be sentenced to up to two years in prison or he could get probation. He will be classified as a sex offender and will have to register his whereabouts with the sheriff’s office for 15 years.

Prosecutors said Stanley engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student at the high school during the 2011-12 school year while he was a teacher there. The girl was 16 to 17 years old.

Stanley and the student texted back and forth more than 1,000 times, and some of the comments contained sexual innuendo, said Gabe Wildman, assistant county prosecutor.

The girl eventually sent Stanley naked images of herself.

The girl is not facing prosecution.

The charges relate to possessing nude images of a minor, Wildman said, adding that it involved a “teacher preying on a student. He pursued her. He was the aggressor.”

The McDonald Board of Education accepted Stanley’s resignation in 2012 after learning that the McDonald Police Department, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and other agencies were investigating the matter based on information from the girl’s boyfriend’s family.

Stanley had worked for the district for four years and taught high-school chemistry and advanced chemistry.

McDonald Superintendent Ken Halbert said in 2012 that Stanley “was prudent in resigning because he was going to be fired, and he was well aware of that reality.”

Chief Lou Ronghi of the McDonald Police Department said of the case, “We won’t tolerate this in McDonald.”


1JudyJones(162 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

It takes a lot of courage to speak up and take action about being sexually abused as a child. This is not an easy thing to do, but it's very rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever.
So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Alan Stanley, will find the courage to speak up, get help, and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened.

Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 15,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.)

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