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UPDATE: Former teacher pleads guilty to amended charge, gets probation

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WINFIELD, Kan. — A former south central Kansas teacher has pleaded guilty to an amended charge.

The charge against 24-year-old Ashley Marie Eck of Augusta was changed from unlawful sexual relations with a student to contributing to a child's misconduct.

She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation. Paperwork with the length of probation has not yet been filed.

Eck was a teacher at Winfield High School, but resigned last month.


Previous AP story - February 4, 2014:

A south central Kansas teacher has pleaded not guilty to having unlawful sexual relations with a student.

Twenty-four-year-old Ashley Marie Eck, of Augusta, also waived her right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Monday in Cowley County.

Eck was a teacher at Winfield High School. The Winfield Daily Courier reports a police investigation began shortly after graduation in May of last year.

She remains on administrative leave from the school district. If convicted, Eck would face a sentence of not less than 31 or more than 136 months in prison, a fine of up to $300,000 and post-release supervision.


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