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A former Bethel High School teacher who was accused of having sexual relations with a 16-year-old male student in 2012 was sentenced Thursday on two remaining felony counts filed in that case. Hickman, 42, of Shawnee, appeared for sentencing in Pottawatomie County District Court and received suspended sentences.
Back in March, Hickman had pleaded guilty to charges of forcible sodomy and soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology, a charge stemming from text messages allegedly sent to the teen involved in the case.
“She has and will continue to express her sincere apologies to the victim and the victim’s family, the community and to her own family for her actions that resulted in this case being filed.“ Hickman was beginning her third year as a freshman English teacher when she resigned on Aug. She was arrested the following day amid an investigation by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.
Hickman was accused in the second-degree rape charge — now dismissed — of having relations with the 16-year-old Bethel High School student on or about July 28, 2012, at which time Hickman was age 40 and an employee of Bethel High School, court records show.
The teen told detectives he had sex with his high school teacher at his home sometime at the end of July, the original arrest affidavit shows, with that student also reporting it happened just one time.
According to court documents, Hickman was the teen's English teacher during the 2011-12 school year.
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The ratio of number of residents in Shawnee to the number of sex offenders is 557 to 1.