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4:43 pm
Sat October 2, 2010

Teacher Who Ran Away With 16 Year Old Boy Sentenced

Carlsbad – A 33-year-old Carlsbad woman accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student has been sentenced to 17 months in state prison on a lesser charge.

Melinda Beth Bridges and the then 16-year-old boy fled New Mexico the day after police questioned them in May 2009 about the alleged affair. They were found in Louisiana five days later.

Bridges was a substitute teacher at Jefferson Montessori Academy and the boy was a student. The school principal reported the alleged affair to police.

Bridges was charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, but pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor last month. The Carlsbad Current-Argus says she was sentenced on Wednesday in Carlsbad District Court.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/


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