Former Columbia teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact with a student

4 weeks 5 hours 54 minutes ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 8:26:00 AM CDT May 21, 2019 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager

COLUMBIA - A former Columbia teacher pleaded guilty Monday to having sexual contact with a student, and will be sentenced in August.

Police arrested Sean Diestel in May 2018 after learning the female victim was enrolled in a class Diestel taught at the Columbia Area Career Center. The victim, who was 17 at the time, told police she and Diestel had a relationship for several months in late 2017.

Court documents said Diestel admitted to the relationship. The charge of sexual contact with a student is a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison and a possible fine.

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