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Request to amend child endangerment charge denied

A request to amend a charge for a former teacher in North Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s preschool program who was accused of being intoxicated and having alcohol at school was denied.

Heather V. Holben, 49, of Tiffin, had pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

A motion to amend the charge to a charge of persistent disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, was denied, according to court records.

Holben’s attorney, John Kahler II, had filed a memorandum asking Judge Mark Repp to order an assessment to determine Holben’s eligibility for intervention in lieu of conviction and to recommend an appropriate intervention plan.

Repp had denied the request.

Holben was found to be under the influence of alcohol while performing teaching duties and was found with a container of alcohol in her presence while teaching students ages 3-5 years old, court records state.

The result of a portable breath test Holben took was 0.159, according to court records.

Law enforcement recovered a bottle of Kamchatka vodka that was about half empty; a full bottle of Kamchatka; an opened bottled of Four Freedoms diluted vodka; an empty bottle of Four Freedoms diluted vodka; an unopened can of Natural Light; an unopened can of Truly Hard Seltzer; and a sports bottle, which was located in the classroom and contained alcohol, according to court records.

Holben resigned her position with NCOESC.

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