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Former teacher pleads guilty to sex charges

A man accused of having sexual contact with a student enrolled in his class at Columbia Area Career Center pleaded guilty on Monday.

Sean T. Diestel was accused of having sex with the student in May 2018.

The victim reported she and Diestel engaged in a sexual relationship from September 2017 to December 2017, according to court documents. The sexual contact occurred in the 6000 block of Gateway Boulevard and the 1800 block of East Point Drive in Boone County.

The victim was 17 years old at the time of the reported relationship, court documents said.

Diestel was a teacher with Columbia Public Schools when the reported incident took place.

Diestel pleaded guilty to sexual contact with a student and has a sentencing hearing set for August, according to court filings.

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