The married Logan County superintendents connected to a child sexual abuse case will now face a jury trial together.
Patrick O’Donnell, the former superintendent at Indian Lake Schools, and Heather O’Donnell, the superintendent at the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, will go to trial on in February, according to court documents.
Patrick O’Donnell, faces felony charges that include rape-child under 13, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Indian Lake Local Schools fired him from his position in November. The alleged victim in the case wasn’t a student at the district.
His wife, Heather O’Donnell, is charged with two counts of child endangering. Washington Twp. Police Chief Rick Core said in an affidavit that the girl told Heather O’Donnell about the alleged abuse and she didn’t report it to authorities. Heather O’Donnell has pleaded not guilty.
Logan County Common Pleas Judge William Goslee set Patrick O’Donnell’s jury trial for Dec. 6 and Heather O’Donnell’s trial for Dec. 13. in early November. The state requested at that time the two trials be combined.
Goslee and defense attorney Samuel Shamansky were unsure about the motion during the court hearing. However, according to court records the cases were combined and are now set for Feb. 6.
Shamansky did not return a phone call seeking comment.