UPDATE 4:21 p.m.:
A former St. Clairsville teacher and softball coach appeared in court Tuesday afternoon for sentencing.
Rachel Duncan, 34, was sentence to a year and a half in prison for each of the nine counts she was convicted of.
Duncan will serve only one and a half years behind bars.
As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution and the defense agreed to recommend that the sentences be run concurrently.
Judge Frank Fregiato revoked her teaching certificate, and deemed Duncan a Tier One sex offender.
According to officials, the female student has suffered lasting psychological issues for several years.
“I would like to express my sincere apologies to my student and her family, my school district who let me live my dream, my family and all the people I have betrayed including this community,” Duncan said.
“She lavished valuable gifts: the boxes, she exchanged praise, she gave access to this student when other students did not have the same access, and she exchanged in the neighborhood of ten thousand texts,” said Mark Kepple, attorney for the victim’s family.
Judge Fregiato went on to say that Duncan betrayed a trust.
He said she unfairly tarnished the reputations of many dedicated teachers, and emphasized that this was not a consensual act, it was a case of stalking and grooming a victim.
A former St. Clairsville teacher and softball coach is due to appear in court on Tuesday at noon for sentencing.
Rachel Duncan, 34, pleaded guilty to nine counts of gross sexual imposition, which is a fourth degree felony, on May 16th.
Duncan has been on unpaid leave since August 1st of last year after more than 9,000 text messages between Duncan and a student were retrieved forensically from their cellphones.
The incidents allegedly began in early 2014, and continued for more than two years.
The maximum penalty is 18 months on each count, meaning Duncan could face 162 months.
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