September 19, 2012
OTTAWA — A Kalida schools technology coordinator and coach pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts Tuesday, including one that accuses him of having sex with a student.
Jeremy Stober, 41, appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court wearing jail garb. He entered pleas of not guilty to sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, importuning, four counts of gross sexual imposition and tampering with evidence.
Judge Randall Basinger set bail at $25,000, allowing Stober to pay $2,500 to be released. Stober will reside with a relative in the village of Stryker, north of Kalida, while his case plays out. He cannot have unsupervised contact with minors except his own children.
An Oct. 18 pretrial date has been scheduled.
After the hearing, Assistant Putnam County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder said the crimes took place between 2001 and 2012. All three victims are girls and all have since graduated, he said.
“Each student has a different history with him. At least one was a volleyball player. Two others were students,” Schroeder said.
The sexual battery charge accuses Stober of having a sexual encounter with a female student in June 2010, who was between the ages of 16 and 17, according to court records.
The gross sexual imposition charges each accuse Stober of touching a female student in a sexual way in 2001, 2010 and twice in 2011.
The charge of importuning alleges Stober solicited sex from a student under the age of 16 but older than 12 between August 2009 and January 2010.
The charge of tampering with evidence accuses Stober of taking steps to destroy or alter evidence connected to the case between August 2009 and May 24.
The attempted sexual battery charge accuses Stober of trying to have sex with a student on Nov. 16, according to court records.
Stober communicated with the girls in various ways, Schroeder said.
“One significant form was via text messaging,” Schroeder said.
Stober was placed on paid leave on May 24 when the allegations surfaced. He has since taken an unpaid leave of absence from the school system.
Stober began his career at Kalida schools in 1993. He was the head girls volleyball coach for 13 years and an assistant boys basketball and baseball coach for 17 years.