A former Hastings High School teacher has agreed to a plea deal to escape a harsher sentence for having sex with a female student.
39-year-old Johnathan Shafer has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors: contributing to the delinquency of a minor and negligent child abuse. The charges carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail and $1,000 fine.
Prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of first degree assault of a child which could have carried a 15-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors say they struck the deal after the victim informed police she had been wrong about the time frame of her relationship with Shafer; that she had been 16, not 15, when the relationship began.