Teacher gets probation for sex with teen

October 29, 2009 7:44:22 AM PDT
A judge sentenced a former band teacher accused of having sex with a NC teen to two years probation. The man also is required to undergo treatment.Richard Priode, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking indecent liberties with a student. The charge does not require him to register as a sex offender.

Authorities say Priode was working at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C., when he had sexual contact with a student.

Priode left the school in June 2008, and then taught at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill. Priode's current employment status is not known.

Priode had faced a maximum of 15 months in prison. Prosecutors said Priode had no prior criminal record.

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