Created on Monday, 11 February 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A former city schools choir teacher avoided jail time after pleading no contest Monday to a count of attempted violation of a protection order.
Bellefontaine Municipal Court Judge Ann Beck found Jason Stanford, 30, of 1896 Township Road 179, guilty of the second-degree misdemeanor charge and fined him $750 — with $300 suspended — and court costs.
Judge Beck also suspended an additional 45 days in the Logan County Jail as long as the defendant is law-abiding for two years and does not have any further contact with the victim.
In exchange for the plea, three counts of violating a civil protection order were dismissed.
The defendant was arrested Oct. 16 for violating a civil protection order placed against him by the family of a now-17-year-old-girl whom the defendant had previously inappropriately engaged.
Mr. Stanford pleaded guilty July 19 to a misdemeanor count of attempted unlawful use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. Part of his sentence in that case included 30 days’ jail and a Tier I sexual offender tag.
A civil protection order has been place against the Mr. Stanford since Bellefontaine police began their investigation into the former teacher’s conduct in February, 2012.