Ex-principal convicted of sex charges sentenced to 2 years


    Jeffrey Fisher, a former Ohio principal of the year, was sentenced to 2 years in prison on sexual battery charges (WSYX/WTTE)

    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.

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