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Substitute Teacher Faces Felonies for Showing Teens Sεx Movie

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An Ohio substitute teacher is facing felony charges for showing students a Kearnsmovie that depicted graphic sεx and viοlence.

Authorities say the Columbus City Schools teacher not only showed bad judgement when she showed students in her Spanish class the video, but she also committed a crime.

She is charged with five felony counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles at East High School.

Sheila Kearns, 58, is facing five felony charges, according to the Columbus Dispatch, for showing The ABCs of Deαth to her class.

Kearns claims she was unaware of the graphic nature of the movie and only showed it to her students because she thought it was in Spanish. Although it was a Spanish film, most of the movie was in English.

“It was a mistake that the state wants to turn into a crime,” Defense attorney Geoffrey Oglesby told the jury this week.

According to Oglesby, the teacher had her back to the television and did not see the grαphic scenes of the movie.

According to the Dispatch, “The ABCs of Death, which the jury is expected to watch today, consists of 26 chapters, one for each letter of the alphabet and all focusing on different ways to die. For example, “D” is for ‘ dogfιght’ and ‘L’ is for ‘libιdo'” and so on.

The movie contains graphic sεx scenes that include mastυrbation and bare breαsts. It is “not rated” and not appropriate for minors, Assistant Prosecutor Kacey Chappelear said.

Kearns showed students, aged 14 through 18,  the movie on April 11 of 2013. Some of those students will testify during the trial.

Jurors have been charged with determining whether the film was harmful to the teens and whether it fits the definition of obscεnity.

Each of the charges is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of $2,500.

Kearns does not speak Spanish and her attorney criticized the school for hiring her to substitute for a Spanish class. He says she had no choice but to find some way to occupy the students.