Bellefontaine Teacher Accused Of Having Inappropriate Relationship With Student


A high school teacher was off the job Wednesday, accused of using text messages to entice a 16-year-old student to have sex with him.

According to school officials, Jason Stanford, a Bellefontaine High School choir teacher, resigned immediately after administrators confronted him about allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a female student.

Bellefontaine police Chief Brandon Standley said that Stanford, 29, who currently is in jail, faces three charges that include a felony charge of attempted sexual battery, 10TV’s Jessa Goddard reported.

If found guilty, Stanford would have to register as a sex offender.

“I think it’s fair to say it’s romantic in nature,” Standley said. “I don’t know if I would classify any of it as sexual in a nature. It was definitely, again, more than what you would hope a teacher would be texting your child.”

Bellefontaine City Schools Superintendent Beth Harman said that Stanford had been employed with the school district for a year and a half, and it was his first teaching position.

“This was just his second year, but as far as I know, he had great evaluations from his first year of teaching,” Harman said.

Police said that the 16-year-old alleged victim was doing well and still is a student at the high school.

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