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Former Bemidji teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

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Park Rapids Enterprise
Former Bemidji teacher pleads guilty to sex with student
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

BEMIDJI -- A former teacher at Voyageurs Expeditionary School in Bemidji plead guilty to felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Beltrami County Court on Tuesday.

Paul Joseph Johnson, 48, of Backus, Minn., was charged in January after accusations of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student. Johnson plead not guilty to the charge in June.

Johnson taught math at the school for five years. He was placed on unpaid leave and terminated from his job at Voyageurs.

A female student informed law enforcement she and Johnson were engaging in a romantic sexual relationship from October to December. Court documents say the student and Johnson engaged in sexual intercourse at least three times.

Third-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for not more than 15 years and/or a $30,000 fine.

Johnson is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 3.

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