Former Highlands High School teacher pleads guilty to charges of sex with student

NEWPORT, Ky. - A former Northern Kentucky high school teacher accused of having sex with a student entered a guilty plea during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday morning.

Andrea Conners, 33, who taught business at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse in the first degree — a felony punishable by up to five years in prison — for allegedly having sex with a student who was under the age of 18 at the time. She entered the plea during her pre-trial hearing in a Campbell County courtroom, where she was expected to either enter a plea or opt for a trial.

The mother of two told the judge she had a sexual relationship with an underage male student between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2011.

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

Tuesday, she was ordered to file probationary paperwork immediately and meet with a parole officer within the next five days.

During her arraignment on May 23, a judge ordered Conners not to contact the victim or his family.

She resigned from her position at Highlands High School on May 3 amid allegations she had sex with the student. While at the school, the Xavier University graduate taught business and was also the FBLA advisor.

The former educator is out of jail on a $5,000 bond.

Conners is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in a Campbell County courtroom.

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