OTTAWA — A Kalida schools technology coordinator and coach was indicted Monday on felony sex charges involving a student.
Jeremy Stober, 41, was charged with sexual battery, a third-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; four counts of gross sexual imposition, each a fourth-degree felony; importuning, a fifth-degree felony; and attempted sexual battery, a fourth-degree felony, according to Putnam County court records.
Stober was under investigation on allegations of having inappropriate communications with a student or students. He was placed on paid administrative leave May 24, and school officials filed a report with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Stober could not be reached for comment Monday. Sheriff Jim Beutler and Prosecutor Gary Lammers could not be reached for comment Monday.
Kalida schools Superintendent Don Horstman responded in writing saying Stober asked the school board for an unpaid leave of absence at its August meeting and his request was granted. The leave of absence began the first day of the current school year and is in effect until further notice.
Horstman said there will be no further comment at this time because of the pending criminal case.
Stober began his career at Kalida schools as a high school math teacher in 1993. He became technology coordinator in 2000. He also was the head volleyball coach for 13 years and an assistant boys’ basketball and baseball coach for 17 years.
In May, the school board met and decided to begin looking for an interim volleyball coach.
Stober was reprimanded in the past for inappropriate comments to a teacher. He was accused of sending text messages containing inappropriate comments about a staff member’s appearance, according to records in his personnel file.
In one message, Stober commented on the clothing a teacher wore. In another, he said her husband was lucky and that she “looks amazing in just about everything she wears.”
The woman was uncomfortable with his statements and he later apologized in writing to her, according to records.