By RYAN DUNN
OTTAWA — A Putnam County judge on Tuesday again sentenced Jeremy Stober to more than a decade in prison for sex crimes with students.
The former Kalida High School teacher returned to Putnam County Common Pleas Court, where he was sentenced for the second time to a 10-and-a-half-year prison term.
A technical problem caused the re-sentencing.
A jury in February 2013 found Stober guilty of three counts of gross sexual imposition, and one count each of sexual battery and importuning. The jury determined that two teenagers were victims.
Stober was found guilty of touching the teenagers inappropriately, engaging in sexual intercourse with one girl, and soliciting sexual conduct with a girl. He has denied all charges.
One woman spoke during Tuesday’s hearing about how Stober’s criminal advances affected her. She said it encouraged her to help other victims.
She has forgiven him and hopes he learns from his time in prison, the woman said.
“I don’t wish you any harm,” she said.
Stober, 43, formerly of Holgate, looked at her intently as she spoke. He declined to make a statement in his defense.
The 3rd District Court of Appeals, Lima, unanimously decided last month that Judge Randall Basinger did not specifically say that two of Stober’s crimes were part of a pattern of conduct. A recent legal change requires judges to do so when imposing maximum sentences.
The appeals court ruled Basinger alluded to the necessary statement. The higher judges acknowledged his intention “seems obvious,” but said they had “no choice.”
The appeals court ruling came in response to an appeal by Stober. He also argued in the appeal that the guilty verdicts came from questionable testimony.
He was previously employed as girls varsity volleyball coach, technology coordinator and teacher in Kalida.