Mario J. Flores, 44, Archbold, entered a guilty plea to two counts of sexual battery, Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.
A sentencing date has been set for 3 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 27. He faces a maximum prison term of 10 years, plus mandatory post-release control for five years.
The Fulton County Grand Jury handed down an indictment against Flores on June 21, charging him with 14 counts of sexual battery.
At a July 2 arraignment hearing, Paul Kennedy, assistant Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said Flores had admitted to the conduct charged in the indictment.
In a press release, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said the first count alleged Flores "engaged in sexual conduct with a minor when Flores was a person with temporary or occasional disciplinary control over said minor."
In a document filed in the case, Haselman said his office indicated that it intended to present evidence that:
•Flores was the minor’s driver education instructor;
•Flores was a leader of two mission trips to Jamaica that the minor attended;
•Flores was a leader of Fellowship for Christian Athletes meetings at Archbold High School, which the minor attended;
•Flores led weekly Bible studies at his residence, which the minor attended;
•Flores took the minor to the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Facility, rural Stryker, to provide chapel services to the detainees.
The second count against Flores alleges he engaged in sexual conduct with the same victim, a student at Archbold High School, when Flores was "a person in authority serving in the school."
Haselman said in the release, "the State intended to present evidence that Flores volunteered as the high school’s weight room director."
Haselman’s press release did not give specific dates for the offenses, but based on the indictment, the incidents occurred between Dec. 6, 2008, and March 29, 2009.
During his arraignment, James Barber, Fulton County Common Pleas Court judge, set a trial date of Sept. 14.
The docket in the case shows that trail date was postponed on Sept. 8.
The new date for the trial was Tuesday, Oct. 12. That was the day Flores entered his guilty plea. He was released from the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, where he had been held since he was arrested the day after he was indicted, on his own recognizance.
In addition to a possible prison term and post-release control, the court will classify Flores a Tier III sex offender.
He must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, must verify his residence and employment every 90 days, and must notify the sheriff of any change of address.–David Pugh. –Posted 10.13, 5:20 pm; updated 10.14, 2:32 pm