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Former Bennett Middle School Teacher Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

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SALISBURY, Md. - A former Wicomico County teacher charged with sex abuse of a student after an ongoing text exchange was in court Monday.

Before her trial even began 33-year-old Kelly Riddle pleaded guilty to one count of Contributing to the Condition of a Child. That's what the first charge had been changed to, while the sex abuse charge was dismissed.

According to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, the charges stemmed from 11 months worth of text messages between the former Bennett Middle School 8th grade science teacher and a 14-year-old student. Investigators said the student had interpreted the ongoing communication as loving and affectionate.

Riddle was sentenced Monday to 18 months at the Wicomico County Detention Center with all but eight days suspended. Court records show she will spend those eight days in the Warden's Community Service Program.

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