Former Sandy Valley teacher convicted of sex crime gets release hearing


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Jason Neading, an ex-teacher in the Sandy Valley School District, has filed paperwork for judicial release from prison.

Neading, now 41, was sent to prison in October of 2021 after pleading guilty to a gross sexual imposition charge, a third-degree felony. Part of the plea-deal included a rape charge against him being dismissed.

The East Sparta man was sentenced to four years in prison by Judge Chryssa Hartnett and is required to register as a sex offender for 25 years after his release.

Neading’s current expected release date from prison is April of 2025, but he’s trying to get out two years early.

The convicted Tier II sex offender has filed for a judicial release hearing set for April 5, 2023. This will be the second time he’s appeared back in a Stark County courtroom for a judicial release hearing.

In May of 2022, Neading was granted a judicial release hearing. The motion for the release was denied.

Neading’s victim was not a student of his and did not involve his role as a teacher. After being charged with the crime in 2021, he resigned from his position as a middle school social studies teacher.