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Rachel Duncan hooked up with a girl when she played in her softball team
Rachel Duncan, 34, hooked up with the girl when she played in her softball team.
They had sex for almost two and a half years and swapped more than a staggering 9,000 texts in just 12 months on phones seized by cops.
Judge Frank Fregiato said the damage the brunette had caused went beyond her and the pupil, harming the trust between teachers and the community.
Ma'am, you have wrongly and unfairly cast doubt on their trustworthiness and have wrongly and unfairly tarnished all of their reputations
Judge Frank Fregiato
"Ma'am, you have wrongly and unfairly cast doubt on their trustworthiness and have wrongly and unfairly tarnished all of their reputations," he told Duncan.
"You've also destroyed the tremendous trust that had been bestowed upon you.
"You are to educate and protect our children, not to have sex with them."
Duncan had been on unpaid leave since last August
Duncan had been on unpaid leave since last August after the texts were forensically retrieved from her and the girl's mobiles.
Sex between them started when the pupil was 17 while Duncan was head softball coach at St Clairsville High School, Ohio, US.
Prosecutor Dan Fry said that the relationship went on between January 2014 and May 2016.
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They swapped more than 9,000 texts
"When you're in that position of trust, you are held to a higher standard, and you simply are prohibited from engaging in this type of conduct," he told a court.
The girl became an adult at one point, but her age made no difference, he added.
"If you have a teacher-pupil relationship or a coach-player relationship within the school system, the age of the victim doesn't make a bit of difference," Mr Fry said.
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Duncan was head softball coach at St Clairsville High School
"Once you become 18 years of age, if you are still in that relationship, you are not permitted legally to consent to a consensual relation."
Duncan pleaded guilty to nine counts of gross sexual imposition – a day before she was due to go on trial for sexual battery.
She will be sentenced on May 30 and could be jailed for 13 and a half years if the full 18-month term is handed out on each charge.