Former teacher pleads guilty to lesser charge in sex case

3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago Monday, August 27 2018 Aug 27, 2018 Monday, August 27, 2018 11:44:00 AM CDT August 27, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

LEBANON (AP) — A former southwest Missouri teacher who was originally charged with a felony has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge involving sex with a student.

Thirty-one-year-old Elizabeth Ashley Morgan, an ex-teacher at Lebanon High School, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree harassment, a misdemeanor. She originally was charged with having sexual contact with a student.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Morgan — who also used the last name King — was given a one-year suspended sentence and will serve two years of probation.

She was suspended after being accused earlier this year of having an inappropriate relationship with a male student. Morgan no longer works for the district.

Morgan initially taught drama, speech and radio/TV at the Lebanon middle school. In recent years, she taught speech, theater and ACT/SAT preparation at the high school.

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