Andrea Conners in court on Wednesday May 23, 2012. Photographer: Annette Peagler
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Andrea Conners arraigned in Campbell County Court. Photographer: Annette Peagler
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Former Highlands High School teacher arraigned for allegedly having sex with student

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NEWPORT, Ky. - A former Northern Kentucky high school teacher appeared in court Wednesday afternoon for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of her students.

Andrea Conners, 33, who taught business at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas was arraigned in a Campbell County Circuit courtroom at 1 p.m. Conners faces one count of first degree sexual abuse — a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

A Campbell County judge ordered Conners to return to court June 26 at 9:00 a.m. to either enter a plea of guilty or go to trial. A judge also ordered Conners to have no contact with the victim or his family.

"It is going to be a hard time for everyone," said Conners' attorney, Rob Dziech in a news release.

Conners resigned from her position at Highlands High School on May 3 amid allegations she had sex with a student who was under the age of 18 at the time. While at the school, the Xavier University graduate taught business and was also the FBLA advisor.

Campbell County Prosecutor Michelle Snodgrass said the charge is a felony because of Conners' position of authority over the alleged victim.

Conners is out on a $5,000 bond. She is married to another Tri-State educator and the pair has two children.

"We have full faith in the judicial system, and believe that all issues pertaining to this matter should be resolved by that system," Dziech said in a previous statement.  Dziech, who was the Hamilton County prosecutor for seven years, also served a defense attorney in the State of Ohio v. Ryan Widmer trial, where Widmer was found guilty of murdering his wife in a bath tub in August 2009.

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