POINT PLEASANT — A former substitute teacher who was accused of trying to initiate sexual contact with a student has been sentenced to five years probation with special terms he must follow during that time.
James P. Hadinger, 44, Gallipolis Ferry, appeared this week for sentencing in Mason County Circuit Court before Judge David W. Nibert. Back in June, Hadinger entered a guilty plea to attempt to commit a felony. Hadinger was arrested and charged earlier this year with two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or person in a position of trust to a child.
On court papers stamped June 18 in the office of Circuit Clerk Bill Withers, Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson states on or about Feb. 12, Hadinger committed the felony offense of attempt to commit a felony by unlawfully attempting to engage in sexual conduct with a child, while he was a person in a position of trust of the child and the child was under his care, custody or control. Tatterson presented the court what’s called an Information charging Hadinger with attempt to commit a felony which Hadinger ultimately pleaded guilty to.
Hadinger’s sentencing order includes the stipulation that the state require he follow the Sexual Offender Registration Act and register as a sex offender with the West Virginia State Police. Hadinger was also ordered to pay court costs and meet with a probation officer immediately to complete a Sex Offender Registration Sheet.
While a substitute teacher at Hannan Junior/Senior High School, Hadinger is accused of becoming involved with a female student. On Feb. 12, the criminal complaint in Mason County Magistrate Court states Hadinger and the minor met at a local grocery store where the minor got into his truck, and the two traveled to Hannan Junior/Senior High School to watch a basketball game. Hadinger and the minor then reportedly left the game early with Hadinger driving to an abandoned house on Balls Chapel Rd. in Ashton where Hadinger attempted to engage in some form of sexual contact with the minor, again, according to the complaint.
Representing the state in this case, Sherry Ehling from the Mason County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Hadinger was represented by Attorney Jay Love.