Former Coolidge teacher pleads guilty to abusing student

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Authorities say Brian Sharp, 34, agreed to spend 5 years in jail after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a juvenile student.

COOLIDGE, Ariz. — One of the 2 former instructors with Coolidge’s Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology who have been arrested in 2018 for alleged intercourse crimes with college students has accepted a plea settlement in court docket. 

Brian Sharp, 34, pleaded guilty final week to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and agreed to serve a five-year jail sentence within the Arizona Department of Corrections, in accordance to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office

Sharp will moreover spend the remainder of his life on probation and should register as a intercourse offender, PCAO stated. 

Sharp was considered one of two CAVIT hearth instructors who have been arrested inside weeks of one another in 2018 on related prices. 

Andrew Hensley of Phoenix was arrested in November 2018 after a student claimed she had been having an inappropriate relationship with the hearth teacher. 

Sex toys have been later found in Hensley’s faculty workplace by CAVIT officers, police stated. Hensley’s legal prices stay pending in Pinal County Superior Court, on-line data present.

Within weeks of Hensley’s arrest, Sharp was indicted for sexually abusing a CAVIT student. Sharp changed Hensley after he resigned from CAVIT in July 2018 as authorities have been investigating allegations towards Hensley.

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But Sharp would shortly discover himself in the same state of affairs as his predecessor.

According to a report written by the Arizona Board of Education, a Coolidge police officer caught Sharp within the again seat of his automotive with a 16-year-old student of the CAVIT hearth science program. 

The student later advised police Sharp had begun texting her earlier within the faculty 12 months, asking them about their desires of changing into a firefighter. 

“(The student) acknowledged that this developed to their assembly away from faculty, the place their relationship progressed from kissing to sexual activity in Educator Sharp’s car,” the ABE report states.

When the student tried to finish their relationship, she advised police that Sharp allegedly threatened to retaliate. 

“She acknowledged that Educator Sharp started threatening and intimidating her, telling her that if she didn’t proceed their relationship, he would smash her possibilities of ever changing into a firefighter and that he would have her kicked out of CAVIT,” public data state.

According to local media reports, Sharp allegedly advised the sufferer he repeatedly stalked her by driving previous their dwelling. 

Sharp is at present detained within the Pinal County jail and might be formally sentenced on Jan. 18.

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