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Patrick O'Donnell changes plea to guilty, charges against his wife are dropped

52-year-old Patrick O'Donnell entered an Alford plea in court to one count of gross sexual imposition. 52-year-old Patrick O'Donnell entered an Alford plea in court to one count of gross sexual imposition.
All charges were dropped against his wife, 47-year-old Heather O'Donnell. All charges were dropped against his wife, 47-year-old Heather O'Donnell.

Charges have been dropped and a guilty plea has been entered for one of the two Logan County educators who were charged after one of them had with sexual contact with a minor.

Before the jury got a chance to hear any testimony in the case, 52-year-old Patrick O'Donnell entered an Alford plea in court to one count of gross sexual imposition. An Alford plea, means Patrick O'Donnell is not admitting he committed the crime but accepts there is enough evidence to convict him. With the plea, the multiple charges of rape, sexual battery, and other counts of gross sexual imposition were dropped. He will be sentenced in March.

All charges were dropped against his wife, 47-year-old Heather O'Donnell. She was facing two counts of child endangering for failing to report her husband's conduct with the young girl.

Patrick O'Donnell was fired from being superintendent at Indian Lake Schools last year after he was charged in the incident. The girl was not a student at Indian Lake. Heather O'Donnell was put on unpaid leave as superintendent of the Midwest Regional Education Services Center following her charges. Her future with the service center is unclear at this point.

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