July 1, 2016

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Former teacher placed in intervention program for pot

MEDINA — A judge placed a former Claggett Middle School teacher in an intervention program Monday after she pleaded guilty to letting her husband grow and sell marijuana in their Litchfield Township home.

If 28-year-old Katie Hill-Asaro gets through the program, which is similar to probation, Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said her plea would be withdrawn and her case would be dismissed. If she fails, Kimbler said Hill-Asaro would be found guilty.

Katie Hill-Asaro

Katie Hill-Asaro

Vito Asaro

Vito Asaro

Hill-Asaro, of 8453 Spieth Road, Litchfield Township, was indicted Aug. 27 on a charge of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison.

Her husband, 33-year-old Vito Asaro, awaits a Jan. 28 trial on charges of illegal marijuana cultivation and marijuana trafficking, fifth-degree felonies.

Kimbler said the intervention program lasts three years, with a review halfway through.

The couple was arrested after an undercover a Medina County Drug Task Force agent bought marijuana from Asaro on July 24. A search on Aug. 14 recovered 28 plants from the 4-acre property, drug task force agents reported.

Hill-Asaro resigned from her teaching position after her arrest. She was an eighth-grade math teacher.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.