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Former Emmaus teacher sentenced for relations with student

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A former Emmaus High School teacher was sentenced Tuesday to four to 23 months in prison, according to Lehigh County courts. 

Heather Montero, of Allentown, was charged with unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors back in February. 

Police say back in Nov. 2015, a state trooper was contacted by Lehigh County Children and Youth regarding a notification that Montero was having a sexual relationship with a student.

The trooper investigated Montero on social media to identify the student, a female born in 1997.

Investigators reviewed the student's phone and social media accounts, revealing a series of messages between the student and Montero from June 2015 to Oct. 2016.

Police say the messages "provided evidence of an intimate sexual relationship."

According the District Attorney's office, the investigation uncovered more cell phone messages, and even letters and notes that were sent between Montero and the student.

Officials say Montero "removed all reference" to the student from her social media accounts the day after the student's phone was seized by police.

She was suspended without pay from East Penn School District at the time of the charges. 

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