Highland County teacher arrested on sex charges

Highland County teacher Steven Holland arrested on sex charges involving teen girls (HCSO)

HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - A shop teacher at Hillsboro High School has been arrested on sex charges. Steven Holland, 39, is charged with sexual battery and sexual imposition for two accusations that span seven years and involve teenage girls.

A woman, who is now 25-years-old, told the Highland County Sheriff's Office recently that Holland began touching her inappropriately in 2008. In 2010, she said he sexually assaulted her.

A 15-year-old reported that in the summer of 2017, Holland fondled her breasts.

Sheriff Donnie Barrera said the accusations did not involve current or former students, were not related to any school activities and did not happen on school grounds. The sheriff does not believe his accusers are related to Holland.

If convicted in the first case, he could face up to three years in prison. The second would carry up to 60 days in jail. Both would require he register as a sex offender.

A judge entered a not guilty plea for Holland during a court appearance. Holland has posted a $20,000 bond.

Superintendent Tim Davis said Holland is on administrative leave.

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