Ex-Teacher Pleads Guilty to Having Sex With Students

3:04 PM, Sep 7, 2007   |    comments
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(Clinton) - A former middle school teacher accused of having sex with several boys entered a guilty plea Thursday. Allenna Ward pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degreee criminal sexual conduct, and three counts of committing a lewd act on a minor. She was indicted earlier this year. Authorities say the married former teacher had sexual encounters with five teenage students at Bell Stree Middle School. There were reports of incidents at a motel, a park, and behind a restaurant. The incidents occurred between November 2006 and continued and the early months of this year. Ward apologized to the victim's families, the community, and her school. During Thursday's proceedings, prosecutors read from Ward's personal journal, which described her personal struggle with what she was doing. She wrote that she knew what she was doing wrong, but couldn't stop. The court also heard written statements from her victims. They describe confusion on their part about why she wanted sex from them. Police began investigating Ward after a note containing inappropriate messages was given to school officials on February 22. According to investigators, the note was passed during class to one of the boys, then thrown in the trash. She was fired from the district in March. The judge in the case will now hold a pre-sentencing investigation. At the end of that investigation, which is expected to take five to six weeks, he'll hand down a sentence. She faces up to 105 years behind bars. For now, Ward remains on house arrest.

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