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Former Hernando teacher pleads guilty in attack on ex-girlfriend

Jesse Mockler was charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend as she sat in a vehicle in her driveway.

Jesse Mockler was charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend as she sat in a vehicle in her driveway.

BROOKSVILLE — Former Hernando County middle school teacher Jesse Mockler pleaded guilty Thursday to four charges stemming from an attack on an ex-girlfriend.

Mockler, 37, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief and pleaded down to lesser felonies of burglary of a conveyance with assault and witness intimidation.

He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the Hernando County Detention Center and 60 months of probation. He was given credit for time he has served in jail.

He was ordered to permanently surrender his educator's license and to seek mental health treatment. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

In November 2013, the school district voted unanimously to terminate Mockler's employment. Mockler, formerly a social studies teacher at Powell Middle School, had been on unpaid suspension as he appealed superintendent Lori Romano's decision to fire him after the district found he falsified an application to renew his teaching certificate and failed to promptly report a July 2013 conviction for driving under the influence. He dropped the appeal Nov. 7.

In October, Mockler was arrested after authorities said he attacked an ex-girlfriend. Hernando deputies said the woman was sitting in a vehicle in her driveway when Mockler drove up and rammed the rear driver's side. He then got out of his vehicle and walked up to the woman and pushed her head back and forth, scratching her neck. He also briefly took her cellphone and broke off the interior rear-view mirror.

Contact Danny Valentine at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432. Follow @HernandoTimes.

Former Hernando teacher pleads guilty in attack on ex-girlfriend 08/14/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:08pm]
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