Ex-principal convicted of sexually exploiting student

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 10:24 AM EDT
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CHELSEA, Vt. (AP) - A former principal at a Vermont high school has pleaded no contest to a charge that he sexually exploited a student.

Fifty-three-year-old David Barnett, who was a co-principal at Randolph Union High School, entered the plea during a virtual court hearing Wednesday. The Valley News reports that he faces a prison sentence of nine months to a year, all suspended except for one month under the plea deal.

He also must undergo 18 months of probation, give up his teaching license in Vermont and agree to never seek a job at any educational institution in the country.

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