By RYAN DUNN
ADA — A former Kalida High School teacher and volleyball coach, convicted of sex crimes with students, challenged the verdict to a higher court on Tuesday.
An attorney for Jeremy Stober, 43, of Holgate, argued to the 3rd District Court of Appeals that Stober was convicted on insufficient evidence, a misleading definition of force, and unfair testimony about his character.
The appeals court heard the appeal while meeting Tuesday at Ohio Northern University, Ada.
A Putnam County Common Pleas Court jury in February found Stober guilty of three counts of gross sexual imposition and one count each of sexual battery and importuning. Two teenagers were identified as the victims.
The charges alleged that Stober touched the girls inappropriately, engaged in sexual intercourse with one girl, and solicited sexual conduct with a girl.
Judge Randall Basinger imposed a sentence of 10 and a half years in prison.
The alleged victims conferred and “launched a game plan” to accuse Stober, according to an appeal filed by attorney F. Stephen Chamberlain.
Jurors were flooded with testimony about comments Stober allegedly made as a teacher, Chamberlain wrote.
“This defendant was subjected to nothing less than a nightmare,” he wrote.
Prosecutors also lacked proper medical evidence and eyewitness accounts, according to Chamberlain.
Stober began sexual communications with students a couple years after joining Kalida High School in 1993, according to a filing from County Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder.
Stober sent numerous texts in 2011 and 2012 to establish relationships, Schroeder wrote. His influence in school and athletics helped him commit the crimes, Schroeder wrote.
“(Stober) viewed himself as a father figure to these victims,” Schroeder wrote.
The testimony of several witnesses at the trial was necessary to explain Stober’s actions, Schroeder wrote.
Judges John Willamowski, Stephen Shaw and Vernon Preston heard the case at the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law.
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