NEW PHILADELPHIA -- A Newcomerstown teacher accused of providing alcohol and cigarettes to juveniles and having sexual relations with a student has pleaded "not guilty" to the charges she faces in the Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court.
Jodi A. Kellish, 37, Port Washington, entered the written "not guilty" pleas late Wednesday afternoon to three counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, first-degree misdemeanors.
The charges against her were returned by a Tuscarawas County grand jury.
On Thursday, Judge Elizabeth Lehigh Thomakos granted a personal recognizance for Kellish.
The bond contained special conditions prohibiting Kellish from having any contact with the juveniles involved in the alleged incidents or consuming alcoholic beverages while the case is pending.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Kellish on May 29.
The case is being tried by Guernsey County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Padden, who is serving as a special prosecutor.
The alleged victim in the sexual battery charge is reportedly a female high school student.