Former Missouri teacher sentenced for sex with student

11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago January 30, 2016 Jan 30, 2016 Saturday, January 30 2016 Saturday, January 30, 2016 2:41:00 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

LIBERTY (AP) — A former northwest Missouri junior high school teacher faces nine years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Rhett C. Rigby of Oak Grove pleaded guilty in November in Clay County court to second-degree statutory rape and sexual contact with a student on public school property.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1nERIyb) Rigby was charged in 2013 with 10 sex crimes. Eight of those counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The courtroom was packed for Friday's sentencing. About 60 people were there to support Rigby.

The victim did not speak Friday, but her mother said the ordeal was a "nightmare from hell" for her daughter.

Kearney superintendent William Nicely said Rigby committed a shameful violation of public trust and left a "mile-wide path of destruction."

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