- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - A former northwest Missouri junior high school teacher faces nine years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Rhett C. Rigby of Oak Grove pleaded guilty in November in Clay County court to second-degree statutory rape and sexual contact with a student on public school property.

The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/1nERIyb) Rigby was charged in 2013 with 10 sex crimes. Eight of those counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The courtroom was packed for Friday’s sentencing. About 60 people were there to support Rigby.

The victim did not speak Friday, but her mother said the ordeal was a “nightmare from hell” for her daughter.

Kearney superintendent William Nicely said Rigby committed a shameful violation of public trust and left a “mile-wide path of destruction.”

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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