- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former western Pennsylvania teacher’s aide is heading to prison for having sex with a 13-year-old student.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1PD9D2i ) 25-year-old Matthew Bertovich was sentenced to up to 11 years behind bars.

Authorities say the Sto-Rox School District aide had sex with and exchanged explicit messages and pictures with the teen last year. On at least one occasion, authorities say they both feigned illness so they could miss school and meet for sex.

He pleaded guilty to 14 of the 20 charges levied against him.

Bertovich says he’s in therapy and recognizes how inappropriate his actions were. He apologized in court to his family and the teen’s family.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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