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No deal reached in pre-trial meeting in Riverdale teacher case

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We have new details in the case of the kindergarten teacher in Hancock County caught on video pushing a student against a wall.

The teacher from Mount Blanchard did not appear in person at Findlay Municipal Court as attorneys met to negotiate.

No deal was reached today. One of the assistant prosecutors says it looks like this criminal misdemeanor child endangering case is going to a trial.

It’s the viral surveillance video that resulted in Riverdale Elementary School teacher Barb Williams being charged with one count of child endangering.

Back in May, Williams and her six-year-old kindergarten student Ian Nelson were caught in this shocking confrontation in the hallway after the boy left class to go to the bathroom.

In Findlay Municipal Court on Tuesday, Williams’ attorney Jay Feldstein and Assistant Municipal Prosecutor Alan Hackenberg met behind closed doors without a judge to try to negotiate a resolution.

"There has been no plea deal reached and at this point in time, my understanding is it probably will proceed to a trial,” says Alan Hackenberg, Assistant Prosecutor with Findlay Municipal Court.

Last month, Williams entered a plea of not guilty.  If convicted of the misdemeanor, the kindergarten teacher faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

"I think that the charges she's already been brought up on is a deal enough,” says Anthony Nelson, Ian Nelson’s father.

Ian Nelson’s parents showed up at Findlay Municipal Court on Tuesday to also meet with the prosecutor’s office.

His parents are angry.  They believe Williams should be facing a felony charge, alleging the teacher is receiving preferential treatment by investigators.  It’s an allegation the Hancock County Sheriff has denied.

"Basically find out why they haven't done much in looking into Ian, what happened with him,” says Anthony Nelson.

 "To see his side of the story,” says Autumn Nelson, Ian’s mother. “They haven't done anything to contact us.”

After the meeting, Hackenberg said he filed charges based on the sheriff’s investigation.

"They asked if we could look into the matter any further, some other issues they brought up, and I indicated we could make some contacts and see if there's anything more that can be done,” says Hackenberg.

 "I'm as satisfied as I can be with our meeting with the municipal prosecutor's office,” says Dan Margolis, the attorney for the Nelson family.

Barb Williams’ attorney Jay Feldstein left the building in Findlay telling 13abc, “No comment.”

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