Former East Tennessee teacher sentenced in sex case

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A former high school Spanish teacher in Kingsport has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to sex charges involving a former student.

Thirty-three-year-old Gabe Sanchez pleaded guilty in October to statutory rape and offensive touching of a 17-year-old female.

The girl, a former student at Dobyns-Bennett High School where Sanchez taught, told investigators about sexual encounters she'd had with him in April and May of 2006.

Sanchez was sentenced last week in Circuit Court.

Besides the probation, he will have to register as a sex offender, pay a $3,000 fine and complete community service work.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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