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Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Female Student

Northampton County native Keriann Brekne admitted Wednesday to sexually assaulting a female student. Prosecutors say she manipulated the girl to get what she wanted...until secret cell phone messages put a stop to the scandal. WFMZ's Bo Koltnow reports. >>Mary: The community, her family, herself is excited the women is behind bars and in jail where she belongs. >>Reporter: 28-year-old Keriann Brekne admitted to a Northampton County Judge that between July 4th, 2007 and January 23, 2008 she preformed various sex acts on a 14-year-old Lopatcong Township Middle School female student at both Brekne's Bethlehem Home and inside her car. >>Lee: What has happened to our school and community should not happen anywhere else. >>Reporter: Brekne is now required to become a lifetime registered sex offender on the Megan's Law Website. The school suspended Brekne who has been out on bail since January. But today the Judge revoked her bail sending her back behind bars. >>Scott: She's excepted responsibility, been a model candidate while on bail, a job and in counseling to address these issues. >>Reporter: The D.A. painted a picture of obsession. Saying that from the age of 12 Brekne begin a grooming process. She was the girls home room teacher and her student council advisor. Rides home turned into a family friendship, which then the DA says turned into abuse. >>Russa: Even a good parent, predators can find their way into you life, it very scary. >>Reporter: The D.A. says Brekne began to alienate the girl from her friends and family. The D.A. went on to say the girl felt trapped with no choice but to comply. The assaults ended when the victims parents found a secret cell with lured text messages inside. >>Scott: Today was not a day to talk about the victim's impact or about the defendant. It was simply to get a plea on record. >> Each of the five counts has with max sentence of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Brekne faces similar charges in New Jersey.


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