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Teacher pleads guilty to sex charges

Nov. 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- California high school teacher Kelly McKenzy Watson pleaded guilty to having sex with one of her 17-year-old former students, prosecutors said.

Watson, who pleaded guilty on Thursday, now faces a sentence ranging from probation to three years in state prison, KSWB-TV, San Diego, reported.

"It's definitely a betrayal of a position of trust," Deputy District Attorney Mary-Ellen Barrett said outside court. "It's just a very sad situation."

The high school special education teacher may also be required to register as a sex offender when she's sentenced on Feb. 6.

Watson was arrested Aug. 9 on suspicion of sexually assaulting the boy, who was a student in her class at the New Haven residential school from September 2010 until August 2011, said Lt. Anastasia Smith of the San Diego Police Department.

Smith said police received a tip on July 30 about inappropriate conduct between Watson and the former student and later determined she had a dating relationship with the boy.

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