TIFFIN — A judge ruled on Friday against a lesser charge for a Tiffin preschool teacher who was allegedly caught drinking alcohol on the job in October 2019.
Heather Holben, 49, of Tiffin, is charged with child endangerment. The former Family Learning Center teacher has pleaded not guilty.
Just before the new year, Holben’s attorney, John Kahler, requested that the child endangerment charge be dropped in exchange for a lesser charge of persistent disorderly conduct.
Kahler said Holben is an alcohol-dependent person, according to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records.
Judge Mark Repp denied that request, and has said he didn’t want to “discourage” Holben from recovery.
Holben had a blood alcohol level of 0.159 when a breathalyzer test was administered by police, court records state.
At the school, Holben was responsible for students ranging from 3 to 5 years old, according to court records.
Police found multiple bottles of alcohol in Holben’s possession while she was teaching at the school.
Her drinking was made known to administrators after a student teacher had noted Holben was pouring alcohol into a sports bottle.
Holben is no longer employed with the Family Learning Center, which is operated by NCOESC (North Central Ohio Educational Service Center).