Norwalk teacher's case could go before grand jury in May

Sandusky County prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt has asked one of his investigators to review a case involving a Norwalk High teacher accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a student.
Jessica Cuffman
Apr 25, 2012

Sandusky County prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt has asked one of his investigators to review a case involving a Norwalk High teacher accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a student.   

The investigator’s findings should ultimately determine if a grand jury will consider felony charges against Alexa Nasonti, 25.

Stierwalt hasn’t decided yet if the grand jury should hear the case.  

A Castalia police officer happened upon Nasonti and a 17-year-old student on April 2 when the two were sitting in the boy’s parked car. 

The two claimed there was nothing going on, but the officer secured a search warrant to obtain cell phone records from Nasonti and the boy. That turned up text messages that indicate there was sexual conduct between the two on March 31, at a private residence in Sandusky County, according to deputies.

“We need to see if there’s anything missing that we need to follow up on,” Stierwalt said Monday. “Assuming it fits the criteria, we’ll put it in a slot for the grand jury.”

The Sandusky County grand jury meets again in May.

In the meantime, Nasonti is on paid leave from her teaching job pending the outcome of the investigation.

Comments

wiredmama222

Well, it seems they found SOME reason to go to a grand jury for indictment.  NOW they have some evidence.  She is really in for it now.  Bye, bye license to teach, hello court room. 

4shizzle

All that money, hours of studying, pffffffffT

KnuckleDragger

@wiredmama, there is a saying in the legal world, you can get an indictment for a ham sandwich by a grand jury.  Howerever, since i'm sure by now she is lawyered up, this case is going to end up thrown out.  Even someone with limited legal knowledge knows that the search warrant they obtained was not legal.  There is case law all over the place where in the same circumstances the prosecution was not allowed to use text messaging in court because they obtained the warrant illegally.  A good lawyer is going to be all over the fact that they went after these records when there was no evidence that they were doing anything other than talking in a car at the time.  Mark my words, you heard it here first, she will walk free because without the text messages, there is no case.  Even with them, there likely won't be enough evidence to convict.

Professor80

I would be surprised if any reviewing judge deemed the messages fruit from a poisonous tree when it is not de novo review.

THED0N

This is my sons Art Teacher! He wanted to know why she was suspended. It would be alot easier to tell him "I don't know" if her picture wasn't online every day in NR and SR. My luck he will ask about Santa and Nasonti tonight.

Super Judge

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FruGalSpender

"Even someone with limited legal knowledge knows that the search warrant they obtained was not legal. There is case law all over the place where in the same circumstances the prosecution was not allowed to use text messaging in court because they obtained the warrant illegally. A good lawyer is going to be all over the fact that they went after these records when there was no evidence that they were doing anything other than talking in a car at the time." i have to agree also. since they were only talking and not doing anything such as drinking, drugs and not engage in kissing, my belief is that the charges will be dropped or the judge will throw the case out.

pepenik99

Just being  teacher DOOMS her....legalees savor making an example out of  teachers  innocent or guilty..........friends of mine know!

Unassumer

Haven't told your kid about Santa yet?  I'd say it's about time.  And he'll hear in school what all the Nasonti fuss is about before you get around to it. 

Tru Grit

Sucks for her, if she does get charged  hope she looks good in orange. Why would a 25 year old woman want to bang a 17 year old kid in the first place. Rupp's not have any guys even average looking to take and release tension on?

Tru Grit

Sucks for her, if she does get charged  hope she looks good in orange. Why would a 25 year old woman want to bang a 17 year old kid in the first place. Rupp's not have any guys even average looking to take and release tension on?

FruGalSpender

"I would be surprised if any reviewing judge deemed the messages fruit from a poisonous tree when it is not de novo review." i have no idea what this means. if the case does go to trial, will the police have more power to search a person or get a search warrant based on a gut feeling? will this set a precedent for future court trials and how search warrants are issued? if the 25 year old was not a teacher but say a factory worker, would a search warrant be issued based on what is public information? i feel that we are slowly becoming a police state. that is what scares me. i am concerned about my rights, my childrens rights and the rights of future generations.

Professor80

No.  Police will continue to have PC to obtain a warrant when a teacher and one of her students are found in the same car, in a closed park at night, when they can't get their stories straight, and their is a condom in his wallet.  There are likely additional facts we do not know. 

Yes, the fact that this is a teacher does make a difference, as it should for any judge who is entitled to use his common sense in determining the merits of a request for a warrant.

Trial court decisions on questions of fact like this do not set a precedent for anything.

urinight

 SO I WONDER WHY SHE IS GOING TO GET NAILED FOR SUPPOSEDLY HAVING SEX WITH A MINOR WHEN NED FROM EHOVE (FIRE INSTRUCTOR) HAD RELATIONS WITH MULTIPLE STUDENTS UNDER HALF HIS AGE? HE GOT A SPANKIN ON THE BUTT AND LET GO WHILE SHE HAS TO GO TO COURT? SOMETHING ISNT RIGHT. 

FruGalSpender

"SO I WONDER WHY SHE IS GOING TO GET NAILED FOR SUPPOSEDLY HAVING SEX WITH A MINOR WHEN NED FROM EHOVE (FIRE INSTRUCTOR) HAD RELATIONS WITH MULTIPLE STUDENTS UNDER HALF HIS AGE? HE GOT A SPANKIN ON THE BUTT AND LET GO WHILE SHE HAS TO GO TO COURT? SOMETHING ISNT RIGHT."   i did find a story about ned from ehove. is this the same ned? http://www.sanduskyregister.com/news/2011/mar/28/jasons-mailbag-ehove-teacher-investigation?similar if so, why weren't his cell phone records searched or were they? there are a couple of stories about this ned from the sandusky register and norwalk reflector from december 15, 2010.  http://www.sanduskyregister.com/2010/dec/14/ehoveteacher121510smxml?similar and this one http://www.norwalkreflector.com/content/ehove-teacher-quits-amid-allegations  so what happened to the investigation about this ned? was it shoved under the carpet too? just asking. anybody know?

DGMutley

The Professor is saying that the end justifies the means. Not much different than what Concerned for A... had to say.   He never did state what he meant by his "de novo review" statement.  

Captain Gutz

I will explain the "de novo" statement.

In 1972, I owned a Chevy Novo. I couldn't afford gasoline. De Novo won't run 'cause de gas tank is empty.

Concerned For A...

In law, the expression trial de novo means a "new trial" by a different tribunal (de novo is a Latin expression meaning "afresh", "anew", "beginning again", hence the literal meaning "new trial"). A trial de novo is usually ordered by an appellate court when the original trial failed to make a determination in a manner dictated by law

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_de_novo

 

Professor80

@ Concerned

Your explanation is not correct here b/c it is not a matter of a "trial de novo."  Here is the explanation for de novo review in the context of this case:

If a motion to suppress is filed, any reviewing court cannot just start at square one and ask if he or she would have made the same determination that there was probable cause based on the information in the affidavit.  Thus, a large amount of deference is given to the decision of the magistrate at the place and time in which the warrant was issued.  That deference becomes a large hurdle to overcome for whomever filed the motion. 

 

Concerned For A...

Thank you for clarifying!