LIMA – Vincent Deluca, the former teacher at Shawnee High School who in March of this year took part in what police said was an alcohol-fueled series of criminal offenses, was sentenced Tuesday to 53 days in jail for those crimes.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge David Cheney sentenced Deluca to two years on probation and 60 days in jail after the former teacher pleaded guilty last month to two fourth-degree felony charges and one misdemeanor in an agreement with prosecutors. He was given credit for seven days of jail time already served.
Deluca was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service, was fined $525 and had his driver’s license suspended for six years. The judge further ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation and to complete any counseling ordered.
Deluca, 48, was indicted earlier this year by an Allen County grand jury on charges of burglary, a second-degree felony; grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor. In the deal with prosecutors, the Lima man agreed to plead guilty to felony counts of trespass in a habitation and grand theft of a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Police said Deluca illegally entered a home in the 6800 block of Fort Amanda Road shortly after midnight on March 10. He reportedly had a brief verbal confrontation with a resident before leaving on foot. The homeowner told police Deluca “appeared intoxicated and was speaking incoherently.”
The victim contacted the sheriff’s office and a short time later Deluca was located at his residence in the 2800 block of West Breese Road. Also found at his home was a vehicle police said was stolen by Deluca in the 6700 block of Fort Amanda Road.
Prior to being sentenced Tuesday, Deluca expressed remorse for his actions.
“I would like to apologize to the victims and to the court. Since my arrest I have sought and received treatment for my mental health and alcohol issues, and I do believe I’ve changed myself for the better.”
Deluca, who said he has not touched alcohol for the past five months, said no sentence the court could pass “could be as serious as me losing my career as a teacher.”
By virtue of his conviction on the felony counts, the Ohio Department of Education will revoke Deluca’s teaching certificate. Deluca had resigned from Shawnee schools July 17.
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