Former Hudson teacher sentenced to six months for relationship with student in Kent
A former Hudson teacher was sentenced to 180 days in jail Monday in connection with an inappropriate relationship she had with a female student in Kent in 2017.
According to Portage County court records, Judge Laurie J. Pittman also ordered that Heidi Lynn Hallstein, 57, of Shawnee Drive in Kent, be labeled a Tier II sex offender, requiring her to register with the sheriff of the county she lives and works in every six months for 25 years; that she serve four years on probation, the first year in an intensive supervision program; and that she undergo a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendations made as a result. She has also been fined $300 and ordered to pay more than $2,000 in court costs.
Hallstein was accused of having sex with the former student, now an adult, at a West College address in January 2017. The address, included in a complaint the Portage County Sheriff’s Office filed in Portage County Municipal Court, matches that of Kent Karate and Family Fitness Martial Arts Dojo. The martial arts school’s website identifies Hallstein as owner and chief instructor.
Hallstein resigned from her Hudson schools job, according to Hudson City Schools. The Record-Courier does not identify victims of sexual assault.
Hallstein pleaded guilty in February to gross sexual imposition and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies, according to court records. As part of a plea deal, both charges were amended from third-degree felony sexual battery.
Hallstein’s attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment. Donald Malarcik, one of her attorneys, told the Record-Courier in February that Hallstein did not have a prior criminal record and that the relationship with the former student, then 17, was consensual and ongoing. He also said that she voluntarily gave up her teaching license.
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