Former teacher sentenced on sex charge

Judge hands down 30-month sentence
Tom Jackson
Jun 10, 2014


Former EHOVE teacher Michael Edwards was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday on three counts of felony sexual battery with a student who was 16 years old at the time.

Common Pleas judge Beverley McGookey handed down the sentence despite pleas for probation from Edwards' attorney. The judge said the sentence was comparable to similar sentences in the area.

Edwards, 48, had sex with the girl numerous times, prosecutors said. The victim testified at Tuesday's sentencing and requested a prison sentence.



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Two and a half years in prison. Wonder if he'll serve all of it.


Probably not he's a model citizen


Definitely NOT, he's a white boy!


Judging others by race means something about that person..... Oh yeah, wanna guess what it means?


I'm not judging him just stating the truth about our justice system.

Bottom Line

We all know deertracker is a hypocritical, double-standard racist. Nothing to see here.

Julie R.

Since when do judges in Erie County follow the Rules for Professional Conduct by handing down sentences comparable to similar sentences in the area? Is that statement supposed to be a joke?


Please expand on your statement, Julie.


Please don't encourage Julie to say anything


Right! Just let her spew and ignore it!

Julie R.

As I'm sure you know, I've "expanded" on the joke Erie County courts and other county public officials many times over. A former auditor that allowed my elderly incompetent mother's Huron attorneys to work in collusion with a snake Lorain County attorney to fraudulently transfer her half to her house in Huron on a forged POA concealed in the Lorain County Recorder, a former recorder that allowed attorneys to remove permanent records to property out of the recorder's office in an attempt to conceal the fact that the property was not owned jointly (didn't work), a probate court that gave a Huron insurance agent and the manager of a Huron bank two years after my mother's death to get what was left of criminally changed contracts out her name before the snake Lorain County attorney filed that joke forged Will prepared by her Huron attorneys, and then the scam sheriff sale of my deceased mother & stepfather's property that the court of Binette pulled off.

* Now take note this all took place AFTER the Krista Harris case.


Bahahahahaha ! That one marble you have bouncing off the inside of your skull has to be annoying as he!! Just like your rant that you cut and paste in nearly every article ! FYI....this just in ! NOBODY CARES !


You would care if it happened to you!


I would move forward and enjoy my life unlike you two nut jobs !

Julie R.

Those attorneys & those other trouble making d-bags from Huron sure WERE nut jobs. Had I not seen it for myself I never would have believed it. Same with your nut job Erie County courts. Had I not seen that for myself I never would have believed it, either.


Look in the mirror....The Nut Job will be looking directly at you :P If what you say is true...they got away with it and left you to b!tch and moan on the SR blogs....Seek help before you waste your entire life lamenting over something you can't control or do anything about.


"The victim testified at Tuesday's sentencing and requested a prison sentence."

What exactly does this mean? Didn't the original story indicate that the student was a willing participant and her fellow students started a "Support the Perv Chefy' Facebook page? Did she suddenly have a change of heart and realize what the purpose and meaning of the act is intended for? Or maybe she now understands that an ADULT who was in a position of authority took advantage of her?

Personally, I think the sentence is too light for the crime. He not only raped this kid (forget the technicalities it was RAPE) he also raped the school system and ALL the parents who are trying to raise their children in the correct and somewhat moral manor. The girls parents should be allowed to settle the payment once and for all!


Yes, the sentence is too light for the crime, but it is in line with the sentences handed out by Judges Tone and Binette for these types of crimes. IMO, Erie County does not take sex crimes against children very seriously, especially when the predator is employed by the government. Call it "professional courtesy".

Also, glad to see the victim made a statement and that she asked for prison time.

Steve P

Are you allowed on the web Ellesbeth?

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The Hero Zone

Dang Babo...I sat back in my chair and almost whistled at the zinger you put out there. Unless I'm missing some context that seems really harsh about the "professional courtesy". You usually have some insightful things to say about the law especially locally but this one made me feel a bit uncomfortable.


I'm with you on this one!


The term "professional courtesy" was used mostly by medical doctors to refer to the break given on price (oftentimes free) for professional services provided to other doctors and their families.

I applied the phrase to explain the long history of reduced sentences and sometimes special consideration such as no prosecution i.e. "free", given to government employees such as teachers, police officers, commissioners, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and their families, and other members of the political class on sex, theft, and or drug crimes.

Many examples support the analogy.


Was the student blind???

Bottom Line

Well put!


I'm happy the victim testified , it will in time, help her see that she was seduced by a man that definitely abused his authority , she will be stronger now that she has faced him in court.


If the tables were turned and this was a female teacher "raping" a male student she would get probation. Fact.


Its a shame. I knew "Chefy" and am horrified to hear about this and its unfortunate he fell in to this. Sucks.

Julie R.

How much time did Donald Binette get after being indicted for molesting two girls ~ one 13 and the other 10 years old ~ on two different occassions? I seem to recall all the Erie County judges recused themselves from that case and they brought in a rent-a-judge. Did he get a 30 month sentence?


A rent a judge really. And they recused themselves because they had to - (bangs head against wall every time you speak)


They brought in a retired judge from Cuyahoga County. Can't remember his name but do recall Donald Binette received 17 months. That sentence is just under the maximum for a felony of the 4th degree.

Also, while there was an obvious reason for Judge Binette to recuse himself, there doesn't appear to be an reason for Judges Tone and McGookey to have recused themselves in the case and the request for a "rent a judge" was done without all judges giving a reason for why they couldn't judge this case and the need to waste money on the "rent a judge".


I think it proper that they all did recuse themselves, they work shoulder to shoulder with Binette and its a terrible position to have to be placed in.

Julie R.

That's only one case. What about all the rest of the cases they recuse themselves from without giving a reason why? In addition, what about the cases they REFUSE to recuse themselves from? They don't give a reason when they do that, either. (not that it takes a rocket scientist to figure it out)


The law requires that a judge file an entry stating that they are recusing themselves from the case. Before a visiting judge can be requested by the Administrative Judge for a County, every judge must recuse themselves.

In this case, Judge Binette was the Administrative Judge and recused himself but he didn't allow the case to be reassigned to one of the other judges and allow them to decide whether or not they should adjudicate the case. He unilaterally requested that a retired judge be assigned. In other words he steered the assignment of his brother's case to a judge.

Visiting judges cost taxpayers approximately 9 times as much as an elected judge per case and they are not accountable to the citizens but to the judges who request they be assigned. While Judge Binette recused himself to avoid an appearance of impropriety in his brother's case, he was able to request a particular judge for his brother's case and that judge was paid very well as a result. To whom do you think a visiting judge's loyalties run?

Finally just because a judge works with people in the courthouse it doesn't mean that they must recuse themselves in every case involving the relative of a courthouse worker. In fact they probably wouldn't be able to hear too many cases when one considers all the relatives of all the lawyers, police, prosecutors and courthouse staff that work with a judge.

Julie R.

The 3 judges pulled the same thing off in the probate court.

After giving a crook Huron insurance agent and the manager of a Huron bank two years after my mother's death to get everything left from criminally changed contracts out of her name before that snake Lorain County attorney filed that joke forged Will for my mother's Huron attorneys (along with a piece of paper that said: "There are no more assets left in the decedent's name") McGookey then refused to address the complaints that were filed and she also refused to recuse herself. After sitting on the complaints forever & a day she finally dismissed them with no reason given. (as if I didn't know the reason.) After she dismissed them she then "recused" herself and brought in some arrogant retired rent-a-judge to do the "final accounting" in the estate that there was nothing in.

What a SCAM that was.


If the will that was probated was a forgery, the entire case is null and void because the probate court cannot obtain jurisdiction based on a forged document.

Julie R.

That forged Will a snake Lorain County attorney filed for my mother's Huron attorneys two years after her death was never probated. As I said many times before, the probate court gave that crook Huron insurance agent and the manager of a Huron bank two years after her death to get everything left from criminally changed contracts out of her name before it was filed and all the snake Lorain County attorney did was file a piece of paper with it that said there were no more assets left in the decedent's name. The dirt-bags never even had to give an account of what the assets were or prove they went to who they were intended. I have records that show how the d-bags were still preparing fraud documents and cashing forged checks in my mother's name right up until they filed that forged Will.

Btw, "Wills that have never been properly probated" is just one of the red flags title companies look for when doing title searches.


That girl was also old enough to know what she was doing and said earlier it was consensual, and now she requested a prison sentance??????


Perhaps she now realizes the inappropriateness of what took place and his role in it. No matter what the girl says, it was not, and never was, consensual because it is impossible for it to be so: he's an adult, a teacher in a position of authority, not a peer.


Agreed... Those saying that a 16-17 year old knows what their doing isn't thinking this out. Back in the 50's and before kids had to work and they had instructions from their parents, today's kids sit in front of the TV and play games until their parent wakes up with the new pet they brought home the night before! And many kids at home have half sisters and brothers from SEVERAL parents, its like the mother and father intend to have kids with multiple mates and just move in with another. I know one family who has six kids in their home and NONE have the same father or mother! And these kids aren't messed up or should know right from wrong? Its crazy.


Back in the 50's 16-17 year olds were getting married and having kids.


The majority were not getting married and having kids, a very few of them and they also needed parental consent.


Even kids from good homes with good morals can be manipulated by an adult.


Agreed Informed, even more to support the idea that they are KIDS and NOT mature adults. Maturity is progressive and doesn't happen when a person blows out 16 candles.


Secondary victimization is the re-traumatization of the sexual assault, abuse, or rape victim through the responses of individuals and institutions. Types of secondary victimization include victim blaming and inappropriate post-assault behavior or language by medical personnel or other organizations with which the victim has contact. Secondary victimization is especially common in cases of drug-facilitated, acquaintance, military sexual trauma and statutory rape.


I read the Sheriff's online charges against Richard C. Mick. If Mick is convicted on those charges of raping the seven year old boy, I think in Ohio the law demands a mandatory life sentence without parole for rape against victims seven and under. If he is found guilty, we will see if justice is applied according to law or politics. Personally, I believe if there's concrete evidence (not circumstantial) proving a sexual crime against children then the convicted should be executed, and I volunteer to do the execution along with I'm sure several others here.

Those who would rape a child are not capable of being 'rehabilitated', their just evil

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He's pursued other girls. That's a fact. That's how he got caught. The girls are the victims.

Your statement sounds very twisted.

Ralph J.

Why did another male EHOVE instructor get a free pass on basically the same charges? IMO, there was no true investigation and there was no real intent to get at the truth.


I don't condone what Chef Edward did but there has been a culture of inappropriate behavior being tolerated by the superintendent for years. It is easier to look the other way and avoid the truth than face what goes on and make a safe environment for students. He was one of the big money generators for the school, so she looked the other way.


Dirk Diggler agree with your last post. "Let's get some of that Saturday Night Fever."

God Of Thunder

Julie....Seriously....Enough already...Shut up please.....Move on