WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A one-time teacher in the McDonald Local School District now will have to register as a sexual offender after entering a guilty plea Monday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Alan Stanley, 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material. Trumbull County prosecutors said the former science teacher and baseball coach had been in a relationship with one of his young female students, who also was a classroom aide, during the 2011 school year that involved the pair exchanging approximately 1,200 cell phone text messages over the course of a year.
Investigators said that on several occasions, the victim sent Stanley nude photos of herself.
“And I think what separates this case apart is we sort of have a balance of power that shifted. Here we have a teacher preying on a student, someone who is older preying on a minor, someone who is in a position of trust and authority,” said Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Gabe Wildman. “He pursued her. He was the primary aggressor in this case. And I hope that, like the chief said, this sends a message that our office and this community is not going to tolerate this.”
Wildman said one of the victim’s friends, or a boyfriend at the time, did not like what was going on, recognized there was something inappropriate, reported it to his family. It was then reported to law enforcement.
Although McDonald Village Police said they could not prove there had ever been any physical contact between Stanley and his victim, the allegations prompted the school district to place Stanley on leave in the fall of 2012 and he resigned a month later.
He could face up to two years in prison and will have to register as a Tier 1 sexual offender for each of the next 15 years. He will be sentenced later.