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Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 4:18 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 4:51 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — A former Hamilton High School teacher and volleyball coach was placed on community control and sent to an area treatment-based correction facility Tuesday for having sexual contact with a student.
Hilary Dattilo, 30, of Monroe, was charged in January with sexual battery, a third-degree felony and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor. In May, she took a plea deal, pleading guilty to gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony.
Dattilo faced a maximum of 18 months in prison. Her sentencing was rescheduled from earlier this month while her defense attorney explored treatment programs.
Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers ordered Dattilo to complete the Cincinnati-based River City Correctional Center program. She was placed on five years community control, ordered to maintain employment and complete 20 hours of community service. She was also designated a Tier I sex offender.
Deputies took Dattilo into custody for transport to the Cincinnati program. She has been free on $5,000 bond that was posted after she turned herself into authorities in January.
Dattilo is no longer employed with the district, and a letter received from the state said her teaching license has been revoked, according to Hamilton Schools Superintendent Larry Knapp.
The crime involved a female student and an encounter that occurred off school property last fall, according to Hamilton police.
Dattilo made no statement during the short sentencing hearing. The victim also did not speak.
The River City program takes about four-to-six months to complete, according to Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Heile.