Ex-Odessa Permian teacher acquitted

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ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A West Texas jury has acquitted a former teacher at a celebrated high school of having an improper relationship with a student.

The Ector County jury found former Odessa Permian High School math teacher Robert Young not guilty Thursday of two improper relationship counts. The verdict came after a three-day trial in Odessa.

A conviction would have meant from two to 20 years in prison on each count.

The woman initially had told investigators that she and Young had engaged in passionate kissing and petting in the spring of 2010. But the Odessa American reports she testified during the trial that they’d also had oral sex and he bought alcohol for her and pressed her for sex.

Young contended they had only been friends.

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