A summer trial has been scheduled for a Hamilton High School teacher and coach charged with sex crimes involving a student.
Hilary Dattilo, 30, a teacher and volleyball coach, was charged in January with sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Hal R. Arenstein, Dattilo’s attorney, met with prosecutors before a scheduled hearing March 20, in Butler County Common Pleas Judge Judge Noah Powers’ courtroom where a court date of June 20 was set.
Arenstein waived Dattilo’s appearance in court. She is free on bond.
The alleged crimes involve a female student, and the alleged encounters occurred off school property, according to Hamilton police.
The sexual battery charge is alleged to have occurred between Nov. 1 and Nov. 22, and the contributing charge between Oct. 1 and Dec. 18, according to the direct indictment handed down by a Butler County grand jury on Jan. 8.
Dattilo, of Monroe, turned herself in to police. At arraignment on Jan. 9, she pleaded not guilty and was given a $5,000 bond with the ability to post 10 percent.
Police said parents reported a possible inappropriate relationship between Dattilo and the student to a school staff member, and police began an investigation right away.
She remains on unpaid leave, according to Joni Copas, the school district’s director of communications.
The school district released the following statement after Dattilo’s arrest:
“As a result of an ongoing investigation conducted collaboratively with the Hamilton City Police Department, the Hamilton City School District has placed a teacher at Hamilton High School on administrative leave pending termination proceedings. Simply put, we will not tolerate behavior that places our children in jeopardy.”
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