By Leslie Noia
Staff Writer

OTTAWA - A decision was made last week regarding evidence motions in the court case against Jeremy Stober, former teacher at Kalida High School. Stober has been charged with sexual battery, tampering with evidence, four counts of gross sexual imposition, importuning, and attempted sexual battery for instances allegedly occurring from 2001 to 2012 with three Kalida students. He was arraigned on September 18, 2012.

A cell phone allegedly belonging to the defendant was found by a school official last year and was turned over to the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. The defendant requested a motion to suppress, which would exclude the cell phone as evidence. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Basinger declared the motion to suppress was overruled.

The Judge Basinger's decision found the subsequent search of the phone was made pursuant to a valid search warrant. After the phone was found, it had been turned over to the sheriff's department and a search warrant was obtained by sheriff officials to search the contents of the cell phone. Information on the cell phone included a photograph and a video.

According to Putnam County Common Pleas Court information, the court granted a motion to compel for the defendant. This motion will allow the State of Ohio to disclose any and all text messages which it intends to use as evidence at trial of this case. This motion also includes any corresponding messages sent out by the state's witnesses either preceding or in response to messages sent by the defendant and any text messages sent by or to the state's witnesses or victims of the offenses.

Stober's trial is set to begin on February 26 in the Putnam County Common Pleas Court.