Former Paradise Valley H.S. teacher gets prison, probation in sex case

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A former Paradise Valley High School teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a female student will spend nearly four years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.

Jordan Doneskey originally pleaded not guilty, but entered a change of plea in late March. On Thursday, Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced him to 3.5 years in prison and lifetime probation, per the plea agreement. In addition, he must register as a sex offender, which includes getting a special Arizona driver license, and give up his teaching certificate.

Doneskey was arrested late last summer after his monthslong sexual relationship with the 17-year-old girl came to light. Investigators say the girl was a willing participant.

Police believe the teen's mother knew about their dalliance, even allowing the conduct to go on in her home.

She was arrested on charges of child abuse and failure to report. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failure to report and sentenced to probation.

When Doneskey was arrested, the Paradise Valley School District, his employer since 2009, contacted the Department of Public Safety to have his fingerprint card invalidated. With that, the loss of his teaching certificate and his status as a sex offender, Doneskey will never be allowed in a classroom again.