- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Phoenix elementary school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a young girl last year has pleaded guilty to three sex-crime charges.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Kenne Worthen pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of attempted child molestation.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on July 29.

The 28-year-old Worthen was arrested in April 2015 after police say he had been sending inappropriate text messages to the then 12-year-old girl for some time.

Authorities say the sexual relationship was discovered after interviews with the girl and Worthen.

Court records show Worthen previously worked as a teacher at Longview Elementary.

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