UPDATE: Former teacher gets 12 years in molestation case

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UPDATE -- Tuesday, Aug. 25:

MESA -- A former Mesa teacher was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to attempted child molestation.

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Former teacher gets 12 years for touching student - A former Mesa Junior High School teacher was sentenced for inappropriately touching a teen student.

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Jeffrey Schenck will serve 12 years in prison plus lifetime probation for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old student at Carson Junior High School.

Mesa police said Schenck sent explicit text messages to the teen in February then victimized the student several times.

Police arrested Schenck later that month.

In July, he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted child molestation.

Schenck must also register as a sex offender.

Former teacher pleads guilty to attempted child molestation

PHOENIX -- A former teacher has pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching a 14-year-old student.

On Tuesday, Jeffrey Schenck, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted child molestation and dangerous crimes against children.

The plea agreement calls for 12 years in prison plus lifetime probation when Schenck is sentenced on Aug. 24.

Schenck was a teacher at Carson Junior High school in Mesa when he allegedly began sending explicit text messages to a 14-year-old student in February.

During police questioning, Schenck admitted that he had touched the girl several times while at school.