Tiffany Eichler a former Canton, Ohio- McKinley High School teacher is sentenced to (only) 30 days jail after admitting she sexually preyed on three male students (after suggesting she was the real victim).
A former Canton, Ohio high school physical education teacher has been sentenced to
only 30 days jail after having sex with three male students.
The Canton Repository reported 36-year-old Tiffany Eichler apologizing to her victims, the Canton school district and her family prior to sentencing on Tuesday.
The married woman’s sentencing follows Eichler pleading guilty last month to three counts of sexual battery. As part of her sentence, Eichler will be required to perform 300 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. She will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Prosecutors said Eichler, a teacher at Canton McKinley High School, had sex with two 18-year-old students and a 17-year-old. One of the encounters occurred after school in a classroom.
The sexual encounters happened over just four days from February 20 to February 24.
Following her arrest earlier this year, Eichler resigned from her teaching position effective March 30. She had been placed on unpaid leave on March 9.
Upon being charged, Eichler initially claimed she was being blackmailed by the parents of one of the boys before admitting the crimes.
Ohio law bars teachers and coaches from engaging in sexual conduct with students.
The law still stands even if they are older than the age of consent – which the boys the were.
Her attorney, Brad Lams in arguing against a longer sentence said Eichler has suffered humiliation and the loss of her career. Others wondered along with loss of face, what the teacher’s sentence would have been had the genders of the victim and predator being reversed.
Eichler’s defense attorney also claimed his client unlikely to re-offend- never mind the not once, or twice but three times she already did offend.
Of note, Stark County Assistant Prosecutor Christy Donnelly who’d sought prison time for the defendant claimed Eichler appeared to portray herself as the victim.
During testimony, a mother of one of the teen victims called Eichler a professional predator, expressing disconcert as to how the female teacher chose to abuse her position of authority, position of power and trust.
The mother recalled how her teen son, for more than two weeks, suffered and failed to tell his family about the sexual involvement with Eichler because he felt ashamed and was scared.
Told the mother, ‘he was manipulated (by Eichler) into believing it was acceptable (to have a sexual relationship with the teacher)’.
Adding, ‘You were supposed to be looking out for my son but … you were only looking out for yourself.’
No victims or other parents of victims spoke during the sentencing hearing.
Eichler was employed by Canton City School District from 2015 to 2018 as a part time instructor and middle school teacher.
She was hired full time at the end of last summer before she bedded her three victims.