WARREN - A former McDonald Schools science teacher and varsity baseball coach has pleaded guilty to "sexting" a female student.
Alan Stanley, 49, of 439 McKinley Blvd., pleaded guilty to a bill of information charging him with the illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. The charge is a fifth-degree felony.
He faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine. However, he is also eligible for probation.
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Alan Stanley, left, pleads guilty to two ‘‘sexting’’ charges Monday. At right is attorney Ed Czopur, who represented Stanley.
Authorities said that while Stanley was a science teacher at McDonald, he was found to have naked pictures of a female high school student on his phone. The student was also an aide in Stanley's chemistry classroom at the time, according to assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman. Stanley worked in McDonald about four years and previously worked as a teacher in Niles.
A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos.
The activity was reported to have taken place between September 2011 and May 1, 2012.
In October 2012, the McDonald Board of Education accepted Stanley's resignation after police launched an investigation into allegations against him. McDonald police, along with the school district, the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office assisted in the investigation.
School records show he had been placed on paid administrative leave the month before his resignation.
Stanley was represented at the proceeding by attorney Ed Czopur, who was filling in for attorney Ron Yarwood.
Wildman said the victim's boyfriend discovered inappropriate or illegal photos and reported the matter to the girl's parents who approached authorities.
McDonald police Chief Lou Ronghi said he and Lt. Bill Woodley will be following up on the case with the Ohio Department of Education to make sure Stanley turns in his teaching credentials, which they expect to be part of the sentence.
''Our investigation showed that he solicited the photos that were passed between them for a period of time. She cooperated in the investigation. This is the type of thing we won't tolerate in McDonald,'' Ronghi said. He said they never had any proof of actual personal contact between Stanley and the girl, who now goes to Youngstown State University.
''This is an example of a teacher preying on a minor student. He pursued her,'' Wildman said.
Police retrieved about 1,200 texts and several images after executing a search warrant for Stanley's cell phone.
Stanley also will be declared a Tier III sex offender, which requires him to register with authorities annually for 15 years.
Records show that Stanley's wife filed for divorce in the fall of 2013 and the couple was granted a disillusionment in December of 2013.
McDonald police said Stanley has worked as a painter since resigning his teaching position.