Union Local High School Teacher’s Trial Rescheduled in Belmont County

A Union Local High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student saw her trial date rescheduled for Oct. 11 when she appeared Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato.

An attorney for Tiffany Ann Cordes, 27, of 201 Burton Drive, Cadiz, requested a continuance due to a prior commitment involving another case. Fregiato set a new plea agreement deadline of Sept. 25.

Cordes is charged with sexual battery, a felony of the third degree allegedly occurring Feb. 3. She is accused of inappropriate conduct with a male student who was 18 at the time. According to the law, the charge of sexual battery is not based on the age of the alleged victim, but due to Cordes’ position of authority.

If convicted, Cordes faces a maximum of five years in prison and designation as Tier 3 sex offender.

In other matters, Trevor Lee Garrison, 19, last known address in Jacobsburg, was sentenced for two counts of dissemination of material harmful to a juvenile, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Dec. 1. Both juvenile victims were 14 years old.

Garrison was sentenced to three years of community controls. He will serve three months in jail and six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. A violation would result in one year in prison.

Justin Allen Baxter, 27, of 401 Marion St., Bridgeport, admitted to violations of his community control sanctions, including having a positive drug screening. His sentencing was set for Sept. 11. Baxter was originally convicted of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree occurring May 8, 2014.

Courtney Renee Cox, 24, saw her community controls revoked for violations including a positive drug screening. Her sentence was set for Sept. 11. She was originally convicted of trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, occurring Aug. 25, 2015.

Joshua Ray Garloch, 28, was removed from the drug court program after nine counts of non-compliance issues, including positive drug screenings. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Fregiato noted Garloch had graduated drug court on two prior occasions. Garloch was originally convicted of trafficking in drugs, a felony of the third degree occurring Oct. 28, 2013.

After failing to appear for his original arraignment, Kevin James Paige, 28, of 1213 1/2 Lind St., Wheeling, was arraigned and pleaded innocent to possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree allegedly occurring Dec. 20. His trial is set for Sept. 12, and his $3,800 bond was continued.

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