Former Western Reserve, ESC educator indicted on sex charges in Portage County school system
WINDHAM –The superintendent of a Portage County school district with local connections has been indicted on charges that she had sexual relations with a student.
Laura Amero, 35, is charged with two counts of sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery and two counts of intimidation. The sexual-related charges are third- and fourth-degree felonies.
The indictments accuse Amero of engaging in sexual conduct with a 16-year-old student between February and May of 2017. Additionally, the charges allege she attempted to engage in sexual conduct with a 17-year-old student between September 2015 and May 2016.
The actions leading to the two intimidation charges are reportedly connected to something which happened on March 28, 2019. These were the only two charges alleged to have occurred after she became superintendent earlier this year.
According the the Portage County Clerk of Courts website, Amero was arraigned on Monday morning, pleaded not guilty and her bond was set at $350,000 cash or surety. A status conference and pretrial was scheduled for May 31.
Amero was placed on administrative leave earlier this month from her job as superintendent of the Windham Exempted Village Schools.
She previously taught English at Western Reserve Schools and served as the curriculum director for the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, before taking a principal’s job at Windham in 2015.