Ex-teacher accused of paying student after sexual encounter

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HELPER, Utah (AP) -- A former Helper Junior High School teacher has been accused of paying a 15-year-old male student between $1,400 and $1,500 after sexual encounters with him.

Melissa Ann Andreini has been charged with three counts of third-degree felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison on each count.

The boy told police that he was paid the money after three separate sexual encounters at her home in June and that his relationship with her began during the 2008-09 school year.

Court documents do not specify why the money was exchanged.

Carbon County School District officials say Andreini was hired as a special education teacher in fall 2006.

She was released from the county jail earlier this week after posting $10,000 bail.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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