School Superintendent Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges

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RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio school superintendent facing sex charges involving two male juveniles while they were district students has pleaded not guilty.

The Ravenna Record Courier reports Laura Amero, superintendent of Windham Exempted Schools, pleaded not guilty Monday in Portage County to charges of sexual battery, attempted sexual battery and intimidation of a crime victim or witness.

Messages seeking comment were left for her attorney.

Friday’s indictment against the 35-year-old Amero accuses her of having sex with a 16-year-old boy in 2017 and attempting to have sexual relations with the other student between 2015 and 2017 when he was 16 and 17. Amero was a principal in the district at the time.

She was hired as superintendent Feb. 1.

The district says she’s on paid administrative leave.