Former Chillicothe High School principal convicted of sex charges sentenced to 2 years


CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio principal of the year convicted on charges of having sex with two female high school students has been sentenced to two years in prison.

A Ross County judge on Monday sentenced the former Chillicothe High School principal to prison despite recommendations for no prison time. The judge said 36-year-old Jeffrey Fisher had turned the school into his "own hunting ground."

Fisher entered an Alford plea last year on two sexual battery counts in a deal in which prosecutors agreed to recommend no jail time. An Alford plea asserts innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

Prosecutors have said the sexual relationships with the two students happened during the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for Fisher's attorney.