Thursday, July 24, 2008

Teach Pleads Guilty to Sex with 17-Year-Old

A former teacher and girls' soccer coach at San Diego's Helix High School entered a guilty plea today to engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old female student in a hotel room earlier this year. With that plea, the defendant avoided a jury trial.

Garry Wilcox, 44, who had taught at the school for 13 years, will be sentenced next month. He could receive probation and up to a year in jail.

As part of the plea agreement, Wilcox avoided a charge of attending and arranging an elicit meeting with a minor. Wilcox is to have no contact with the student, now 18, or with any other students on campus. The victim was also ordered to stay away from Wilcox.

Over the last year, two other Helix High teachers have also been charged with having sex with students.

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