Former teacher sentenced for sex with students

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A former Coconino High School teacher faces two years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with two of his minor students.

As part of his agreement with the prosecution, 36-year-old John Pertuit did not face charges alleged from a third female victim.

The former teacher and martial arts instructor pleaded guilty in December to three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Pertuit suggested to a packed gallery in Coconino County Superior Court that he was the victim and never had sex with the students, despite pleading guilty.

Pertuit contends the allegations were attempts by the two young women to sue the school district in order to receive large sums of
money.

Coconino County Attorney David Rozema said schools must be a safe place for students.