Former Jimtown High School teacher sentenced for slapping student in hallway
ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - The retired Jimtown High School teacher who was caught on camera slapping a 15-year-old student earlier this year received his sentence on Thursday.
Former sociology teacher Michael Hosinski, 62, will serve one year of probation and pay a $100 fine after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery causing moderate injury back in June.
Hosinski was charged in March after confronting the student about a hoodie the teen was wearing.
This was a case that several people learned about before any charges were filed, including the judge who handed down the sentence, due to the viral video posted below.
In the video, you can see Hosinski follow the student out into the hallway before laying hands on him. Both attorneys condemned Hosinski’s actions during the hearing.
While the state agreed the plea agreement was appropriate for the crime, they also say this situation was “deeply disturbing.”
The defense noted this was “very out of character” for Hosinski, who taught at Jimtown High School for four decades, and that the situation escalated very quickly from there.
“Everyone loved him, and by all accounts, this was extremely out of character for him,” says Kayla Christofeno, Hosinski’s attorney. “I know this has affected him very greatly and emotionally. It’s something he’s really taken on. I respect the fact that he didn’t run or hide from it.”
Hosinski will also have to go through an anger evaluation as part of his sentence.
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