- Associated Press - Friday, October 13, 2017

ALBIA, Iowa (AP) - A former southern Iowa teacher has pleaded guilty to charges related to the sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old girl.

Zachary Thomas Simpson, a 29-year-old former teacher and coach in the Albia Community School District, pleaded guilty Friday to sexual exploitation by a school employee and violating two no-contact orders.

Authorities arrested Simpson in June after the girl reported having sex with him at least twice. Simpson later gave up his teaching license.

After submitting a written guilty plea in Monroe County District Court, Simpson was sentenced to five year in prison with the possibility of parole. He also must register as a sex offender and complete a sex offender treatment program.

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