LIMA — A Shawnee High School teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a student was in Allen County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon.
Kyle Baker was originally charged with sexual battery, a third degree felony, and driving under suspension after a Shawnee Township police officer observed Baker and a 14-year-old female student together in Baker’s vehicle.
Police had received an earlier tip that Baker had a relationship with the student.
In court on Friday afternoon, prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser asked Judge David Cheney impose a stricter no-contact order after it came to light that Baker had tried to use a Todd Neu, another prisoner in the jail, to communicate with the 14 year old through Neu’s 15-year-old son, who is a classmate of the victim.
Baker had been incarcerated since his arrest and one of the conditions of bond was that he have no contact with the victim. Kohlrieser asked Judge Cheney to make the no-contact rule apply while he was still behind bars.
“In those letters the defendant asked her what she told the police, mentions about getting their stories straight, wanting to continue to be with her when he gets out, what the possible punishments might be and basically telling her we’re on the same side of this and things of that nature,” said Kohlrieser.
Judge Cheney issued the order and chastised Baker for his actions and prohibited him from receiving or sending any communications unless it’s with his attorney.
“I want to admonish you and caution you that one of the factors of this court will consider if we get to a point that any orders will have to be made by the court related to sentencing that violations of bond are a significant factor in determining whether or not someone is amenable to community control. That is a way of saying whether or not they are defiant of the court and or as a result of that defiance should be ordered to prison. I’m cautioning you in all respects not to communicate, attempt to communicate or encourage anyone to communicate with this victim or upon anyone who may be influential with this victim,” said Judge Cheney.
Baker’s attorney Robert Grzybowski did not object to the court order.
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