Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Koffel was quoted by
The Lima News discussing a criminal case against a former Lima Senior High School teacher
who pleaded guilty to a reduced charge after being indicted on a fourth-degree
felony for gross sexual imposition over alleged sexual contact with a
The former teacher, who has emphatically denied the incident, entered a
guilty plea to a first-degree misdemeanor count of disturbances relative
to schools during a hearing in Allen County Common Pleas Court in October.
He was sentenced to a suspended 90-day term in county jail, one year of
probation, and must perform 20 hours of community service.
In a statement published by
The Lima News, Attorney Brad Koffel explained how the case against his client was largely
one of “bad optics” in that it involved a student enrolled
in the school’s special needs program who would “almost daily
hide beneath a desk.” On the day of the alleged offense, Koffel
said, the former teacher was attempting to convince the student to come
out from beneath the desk.
“She said she would come out if she could brush Alan’s eyebrows
with her eyebrow brush. Alan assented to her request and that’s
when another person came in and saw the two of them in the back of the
room. He knew right away the optics were terrible. But he absolutely denies
ever touching her, period.”
Koffel added that his client “probably should have spoken up from
the beginning of this case but he didn’t because he was following
the instructions of the (teachers’) union attorney.”