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Ex-Teacher to Plead Guilty to Child Sex Charges in Delaware

Posted: Jan 09, 2018 1:33 PM Updated:
Joshua Rutherford Joshua Rutherford

DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- A former Delaware teacher facing child sex charges has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

A court order filed Tuesday indicates that Joshua Rutherford of Camden-Wyoming plans to enter a guilty plea at a hearing scheduled for Feb. 21.

The plea agreement comes after the judge last year refused to dismiss the indictment against Rutherford, a former Smyrna High School teacher and track coach.

Rutherford was charged with two counts each of seeking child pornography and attempted inducement of a minor. Those charges could result in a maximum life sentence upon conviction.

Authorities say that in February of 2016, Rutherford chatted online with an undercover investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl's father and expressed interest in meeting the girl for sex. He also requested nude images, according to authorities. Prosecutors say Rutherford also boasted of a past sexual encounter with a real high-school-aged girl.

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