Sentencing set for ex-teacher in sex-with-student case

March 20, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An April sentencing has been scheduled for a former Des Moines school district art teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Polk County District Court records say 51-year-old Jason Soliday pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Prosecutors lowered the charge from a felony: sexual exploitation by a school employee. Soliday had been arrested last May.

His sentencing is set for April 29.

The former East High School teacher faces up to two years in prison. Authorities say Soliday and the 16-year-old had a sexual relationship for about four months.

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