Ohio Youth Counselor Charged with Sex with 17-Year-Old Client

A youth counselor has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl she was supervising at a residential treatment center.

According to Franklin County Municipal Court documents, 26-year-old Amanda Stetzer is charged with sexual assault and disseminating material harmful to minors.

Stetzer is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old resident of The Emily Program, a residential treatment program on the Far North Side for people struggling with eating disorders. Stetzer worked at the program and oversaw the daily activities and discipline of the residents.

Court records show Stetzer met the 17-year-old on her first day in the program and placed her hand on the girl’s thigh while filling out paperwork.

“Shortly thereafter, Ms. Stetzer struck her on the buttock while she was in the bathroom,” court documents state.

Court documents say Stetzer and the teen exchanged phone numbers and allowed the girl to stay longer than allowed or enjoy other privileges not available to other residents.

According to court documents, the two men became physically intimate in late June, with Stetzer meeting in a group room after hours and engaging in sexual intercourse.

According to court documents, the 17-year-old told police that “Stetzer repeatedly told her not to tell anyone what they were doing because he had a child and didn’t want to lose his job.”

Stetzer also sent the teen sexual messages via Snapchat, including photos of herself in various states of nudity.

The age of consent for sexual activity in Ohio is 16. However, because Stetzer was a manager or person in a position of authority in the facility where the teen was staying, and there was more than a four-year age difference between Stetzer and the teen, the conduct is defined as sexual assault under Ohio law.

Stetzer is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday.

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