Thursday, June 08, 2000

Accused teacher demands jury trial

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

        FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield West Elementary School teacher accused of stealing from a student activity account intends to present her side of the story before a jury this summer.

        Fairfield Prosecutor Peter Froelke said no resolution was reached in a pretrial conference Wednesday. Second-grade teacher Heather Stickler faces a misdemeanor charge of theft. Her attorney, John O'Shea, is demanding a jury trial.

        Fairfield Municipal Court Judge Joyce A. Campbell set a pretrial hearing for Aug. 2 and a trial date of Aug. 11.

        Ms. Stickler was charged with theft in connection with the disappearance of at least $781 from the student council account. If convicted of the charge, Ms. Stickler faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

        A hearing on the termination of Ms. Stickler's teaching contract has been postponed until the criminal proceedings have concluded.


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