Sandusky schools employee indicted, accused of having sex with 15-year-old

SANDUSKY, Ohio (WJW) — A Sandusky City Schools employee has been indicted, accused of having sex with a 15-year-old.

Terrin M. Schnee, 38, of Sandusky, was charged Friday, March 1, via secret indictment with felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor as well as misdemeanor counts of sexual imposition, court records show.

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The offenses allegedly occurred between Jan. 7 and Feb. 4, according to the indictment.

One day in February, the mother of the 15-year-old returned home to find Schnee with the teen, according to a news release from Norwalk police, who responded to a report of a disturbance at the home.

“It was later discovered more incidents had occurred between the two which led to a grand jury handing down the eight-count indictment,” Detective Sgt. Jared Ferris wrote in the news release.

Norwalk police officers and sheriff’s deputies from Huron and Erie counties arrested Schnee at his Sandusky home on Monday, March 4, according to the release.

He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment later that day in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He was later released after posting a $50,000 bond, and was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim or other minors, records show.

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Anyone with information on the case or other potential victims is urged to call Norwalk detectives. The police department’s phone number is 419-663-6780.

Schools Superintendent and CEO Daniel Rambler in a statement said Schnee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as well as the district’s own internal investigation. Rambler’s statement reads, in part:

We will continue to coordinate with the Norwalk Police Department and local law enforcement throughout this process and will update our community as we can. The safety of all students is always our first priority.

However, if you or your student has information regarding this investigation, we encourage you to call the Norwalk Police Department at 419-663-6780. We are committed to the safety of our students and expect all staff to adhere to the highest ethical practices and conduct. We will not tolerate behaviors that compromise the safety of our children.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we deal with this unfortunate situation.

Sandusky City Schools Superintendent and CEO Daniel Rambler

Records from a September meeting of the Sandusky City Schools Board of Education show Schnee was being paid $49.12 per hour for the 2023-24 school year, as an English teacher for speakers of other languages.

Schnee is due back in court for a pretrial in April, and is scheduled for trial on May 22.

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