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Former Teacher to be Sentenced on April 25 after Pleading Guilty to Sex Charges

By Timothy Perry

April 18, 2016 - 4:46 PM

Noelle Devlin

MANSFIELD - A Mount Vernon woman, who pleaded guilty to numerous sexual battery and child endangering charges, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 25 in the Richland County Court of Common Pleas by Judge James Deweese.

Noelle Devlin, 31, pleaded guilty on March 17 to three counts of sexual battery, a third degree felony, and endangering children, a first degree misdemeanor. 

Devlin, a former Interactive Media and Instruction teacher at Mansfield Elective Academy, which is a subsidiary school of Mansfield Choice Academies and is located in the Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center, was arrested at a residence she owns in Mount Vernon by officers with the Mount Vernon Police Department on December 7 after a several week manhunt.

An indictment, filed on November 16 alleges she engaged in a relationship with a student was "enrolled in or attends" the school. The sexual conduct occurred between June 1 and Oct. 5 of last year, according to the indictment. The indictment is not clear whether Devlin taught the student directly.

The mother of Devlin's alleged victim, then 16, believed Devlin was spending time mentoring her son outside of school. She later learned that her son was in a relationship with a female whom she believed was near her son's age. According to the mother, Devlin set up a fake Facebook profile under the name "Noey Elizabeth", but did not post pictures of her face. However, she became suspicious after she noticed the hand of the person holding her son's hand in a Facebook photograph looked much older than that of a teenager.

She was fired from her teaching position in October after school officials learned of the allegations against her. Her termination letter stated, "You are relieved of duty immediately, without pay, due to matters discussed and disclosed during the investigation by the Mansfield Police Department". She had been a teacher at the school since September 2014.

Devlin had previously been charged with 15 counts of sexual battery and 14 counts of endangering children, but the remainder of the charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Devlin had previously pled not guilty to all charges.

Judge Deweese told Devlin at the plea hearing that pleading guilty to sexual battery would result in her being required to register as a Tier III sex offender for the remainder of her life. She will be required to check in with authorities every 90 days and each time she changes her address.

Deweese said that, based on the counts, the sexual battery charges are punishable by up to 15 years of prison and a $30,000 fine. The child endangering charges, could result in six months in jail on each count, and $3,000 total fine for three counts.

Devlin currently is out of jail on bond. The court has ordered that she have no contact with her victim, or any other minor. 

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 25 at 1 PM.

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