Norwalk teacher accused of sexual misconduct resigns

A Norwalk art teacher accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old student has resigned.
Jessica Cuffman
May 4, 2012

A Norwalk art teacher accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old student has resigned.

Alexa Nasonti, 25, submitted her letter of resignation and the board of education met in emergency session

Friday morning to accept it, superintendent Dennis Doughty said.

Her resignation ends the school's investigation into the matter, but criminal charges could still be filed against her.

She's accused of engaging in sexual conduct with the boy at a private residence in Bellevue on March 31.

Sandusky County Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt is reviewing the case.

She cited personal reasons in her resignation letter dated May 2.

Comments

Tru Grit

If allegations do turn out to be true. I hope it was worth it. She probably will have to register as a sex offender, have a felony on her record for life, won't be able to teach ever again most likely. It is sad, but I and many others I think can agree that we feel no remorse or pitty for her. I am sure she is a god person at heart but whatever made her do this if it turns out to be true ruined a part of her life forever and she can never get it back. I wish her the best of choices not luck in the future. Life is about choices, every choice you make has a outcome, this outcome will either make her stronger or break her down.

donutshopguy

 In the long run it was the smart thing to do. She will most likely lose her teaching certificate but she will not be charged as a sexual offender. The boy was of legal age and the only issue was in regards to teacher/student relationship.  The resignation ends the possible criminal proceeding at that point.

The Rudy

 wow  that would make any father proud of his little girl.

bongodog

The alleged crime would of occured WHILE she was a teacher.  Criminal case can move on.

wiredmama222

wow.....what is the legal age of majority now in Ohio?  If its 17 the parents can't press charges can they?  If not, she is home free from all of it.  Sounds like the allegations were all true given she resigned.  That was the best thing she could do for herself. 

I have to agree with Tru Grit.  He pretty much said it all. 

Seen it All

Exactly bongodog! I don't know why people don't get that!! I hope this is not some sort of legal maneuver on her part to try and avoid prosecution! I would want ALL teachers to take notice, and KNOW they are there to teach our kids, NOT SEDUCE them!

And at Tru Grit, I doubt it was "worth it"! haha A little 17 yr old boy who hasn't learned "control" yet! hahaha

 

 

 

 

 

Just Saying

Nothing is over  if she had sexual contact with a student in a school where she was employed or  with a minor  - and last time I read this article, he was both !

hilltop

If it was a "slam-dunk" case, charges would have already been filed.

The ju$tice system wrings everyone out until they are all too tired to fight (or can't afford to pay lawyers to fight for them.)

My advice to all, shut-up, shut-up, shut-up. Someone will twist words to make it seem something was illegal. When questioned, the answer is, "I can't help you with that."

We all need to remember, you are innocent until proven guilty (or you take a plea because you can't afford a trial and an attorney.)

When you're eyeball-to-eyeball with the ju$tice system, the first one to blink loses.

 

44846GWP

hilltop,  I agree.

SarahTonin

 @Wiredmama222 asked "what is the legal age of majority now in Ohio?  If its 17 the parents can't press charges can they?"

I believe that the age of majority (sexual maturity) in Ohio is 18. That doesn't apply in this case however. The fact that she was a teacher or coach or whatever at the school he attended, makes it a special case and she can be prosecuted even if he is 21. Since it is a criminal matter, the parents have nothing to do with it either. If the prosecutor has enough evidence to charge her, she's in deep do! She saved herself from any disciplinary action by the school board by resigning but that has to be a nit compared to what the legal system can do to her! I sure hope it was worth it :o)

sanduskysteve

Actually, I beleive the legal age of consent in Ohio is actually 16 not 18.  And I have never heard of any teacher being prosecuted for having sex with a student who is 21 either.  Not sure this is possible.  There may be some serious questions about the legitimacy of that student's grades, however.

The issue with this case is simple.  There was no legal valid reason to have issued the search warrant for the text messages - and without those, there is no case.  After the text messages are thrown out of court, the case is dropped as are the charges.  When the police found the two of them - there was nothing illegal going on - there was no cause for searching them.  And the only thing they found (they called it suspicious) was that the 17 yr old boy had a condem in his wallet.  That is about the most proposterous thing I have ever heard.  I'm willing to bet that there are a majority of 17 yr olds who carry condems in their wallets.

This is not evidence and surely is not evidence of the magnatude to obtain a search warrant for text messages from a cell phone company.  Someone way overstepped their bounds on that one.

This is not over yet, trust me.

KURTje

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KURTje

                                                       From Hilltop - words of a savant.    

FruGalSpender

"She saved herself from any disciplinary action by the school board by resigning but that has to be a nit compared to what the legal system can do to her!"  why didn't the legal system go after ned from ehove?

deertracker

I agree with SanduskySteve.......Unless both parties admit to sexual contact the cops got nothing!

Retiree

Hilltop: When the judges and attorneys (bottom feeders) have your last penny, maybe they will let you blink. Your words are very true.

Put your refuge in the Lord and not in man.

iamrevolutionary

 As far as I can tell, the only rules broken were the schools' code of ethics. As for sex with a minor, that is out. The age of consent is 16.  This is all ado about nothing, imo..

This has gone on since I was in Jr. High..ages ago, lol... We had an English teacher that flirted openly and outrageously with the guys in our class. It was well known throughout school. 

Even now, our children have teachers/administrators that have affairs with students. Some our quietly transfered, some stay on to retirement.

The schools have the same 'code' as cops, cover your butt, say nothing, unless it comes to light....Sad really...

wiredmama222

Thank you all for you ideas on the "age of consent" in ohio but with such varying answers I went and looked it up.  No offense to any intendend and this is what I found out.

What is the 2012 Age of Consent in Ohio?

The Ohio legal Age of Consent for sexual contact is 16 years old. A total of thirty one states have set their age of consent at 16, the lowest age of consent in any state.

I must say, I was a little surprised by this.  I thought it would be a lot older that this, but this is what is says on the state of ohio page.  Its called the "romeo and juliet laws". 

So any kid who engages in sexual activity need only be this old to engage in sexual activity to be legal.  I guess the police didn't know this. Since he was 17, it made no difference if he was carrying a condomn or not. They should have congratulated him for thinking about practicing safe sex, in fact.  Not complaining about sex at all. 

With whom he has sex is really none of the police officers business at that point.  None whatsoever since he was of legal age anyway. 

I am afraid those who say this is much ado about nothing and that just because she was a teacher or that she was older and that there were illegal warrants here may be all too right about this. 

Smart lady to resign.  The police may have made far too much about this whole incident from the get go. 

DGMutley

Ms. Nasonti,

Sorry to hear that you elected to resign.  Keep your chin up.  Better days are coming.

Kottage Kat

I just think they gave LE  TMI                       Kat

Makes Cents
2907.03 Sexual battery.

(A) No person shall engage in sexual conduct with another, not the spouse of the offender, when any of the following apply:

(1) The offender knowingly coerces the other person to submit by any means that would prevent resistance by a person of ordinary resolution.

(2) The offender knows that the other person’s ability to appraise the nature of or control the other person’s own conduct is substantially impaired.

(3) The offender knows that the other person submits because the other person is unaware that the act is being committed.

(4) The offender knows that the other person submits because the other person mistakenly identifies the offender as the other person’s spouse.

(5) The offender is the other person’s natural or adoptive parent, or a stepparent, or guardian, custodian, or person in loco parentis of the other person.

(6) The other person is in custody of law or a patient in a hospital or other institution, and the offender has supervisory or disciplinary authority over the other person.

(7) The offender is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in a school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code, the other person is enrolled in or attends that school, and the offender is not enrolled in and does not attend that school.

(8) The other person is a minor, the offender is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in an institution of higher education, and the other person is enrolled in or attends that institution.

(9) The other person is a minor, and the offender is the other person’s athletic or other type of coach, is the other person’s instructor, is the leader of a scouting troop of which the other person is a member, or is a person with temporary or occasional disciplinary control over the other person.

(10) The offender is a mental health professional, the other person is a mental health client or patient of the offender, and the offender induces the other person to submit by falsely representing to the other person that the sexual conduct is necessary for mental health treatment purposes.

(11) The other person is confined in a detention facility, and the offender is an employee of that detention facility.

(12) The other person is a minor, the offender is a cleric, and the other person is a member of, or attends, the church or congregation served by the cleric.

(13) The other person is a minor, the offender is a peace officer, and the offender is more than two years older than the other person.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of sexual battery. Except as otherwise provided in this division, sexual battery is a felony of the third degree. If the other person is less than thirteen years of age, sexual battery is a felony of the second degree, and the court shall impose upon the offender a mandatory prison term equal to one of the prison terms prescribed in section 2929.14 of the Revised Code for a felony of the second degree.

(C) As used in this section:

(1) “Cleric” has the same meaning as in section 2317.02 of the Revised Code.

(2) “Detention facility” has the same meaning as in section 2921.01 of the Revised Code.

(3) “Institution of higher education” means a state institution of higher education defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, a private nonprofit college or university located in this state that possesses a certificate of authorization issued by the Ohio board of regents pursuant to Chapter 1713. of the Revised Code, or a school certified under Chapter 3332. of the Revised Code.

(4) “Peace officer” has the same meaning as in section 2935.01 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 03-31-2003; 08-03-2006; 2008 HB209 04-07-2009

DGMutley

And your point is?

Makes Cents

Some were questioning why there is a legal problem since the legal age of consent is 16. I am merely presenting the information as to why there would be cause for criminal/legal action against the teacher.