Thursday, February 12, 2009

OH: Rittman teacher accused of sexual misconduct

By Beacon Journal staff
POSTED: 02:08 p.m. EST, Feb 09, 2009

A 34-year-old female English teacher at Rittman High School was arrested Sunday for alleged inappropriate sexual conduct involving two male students.

Orrville police have charged Erin M. Speicher with one
count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony.

Speicher appeared in Wayne County Municipal Court via video from the county jail this morning. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 18.

Cash bond was set at $75,000.

Rittman Superintendent Jon Ritchie said the alleged incidents occurred at Speicher's home in Orrville. He said school officials cooperated with investigations involving Orrville and Rittman police that were triggered by a parent complaint last week.

Speicher, who was hired in 1996, resigned Friday. She taught ninth-grade English and was the junior class advisor.

Ritchie said he believes Rittman was her first teaching assignment.

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