A former City Schools teacher in Hudson, Ohio has pleaded guilty to charges related to sexual abuse on Friday.  Heidi Hallstein, 57,  who taught at Hudson Highschool, was arrested in August 2020 when authorities caught wind of her alleged misconduct with an underage student.

According to Fox8 News, Hallstein entered her plea after being charged with gross sexual imposition and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Portage County Common Pleas Court Judge Laurie Pittman convicted her on both charges.

The disgraced teacher who taught Chemistry to high school students had been employed with the district since 1995. The alleged incident took place in January 2017 after the Portage County Sheriff’s Office received reports of sexual misconduct involving a minor student at the teacher’s home in West College Avenue. 

Hallstein is a certified martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience who also taught karate at a local martial arts studio in Kent, Ohio.

Deputies arrested her last year at which Hudson City School District Superintendent Phil Herman announced that Hallstein had resigned from her job. He also said that the district would ‘initiate the surrender of  Hallstein’s teaching license with the Ohio Department of Education, Record Courier wrote. 

Herman assured district families that the schools should be an environment where young people feel secure.

“Schools must be a safe and protected place for students, and teachers are held to the highest standards,’ said Herman.

“These allegations are criminal and a violation of the trust that our children, parents, and community place in adults as educators”, he added.

Although the student is no longer at the school but had been a student at the time of the abuse. The age and identity of the victim were never shared by police.

Halstein has been out of jail on a 10 percent of $30,000 bond since September however, the Portage County Court has not yet scheduled sentencing date for Hallstein.

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