Crime & Courts

Ex-S.C. teacher gets probation in sex case

ROCK HILL - A former band teacher at a South Carolina middle school accused of having sex with a North Carolina student has been sentenced to two years probation and ordered to undergo treatment.

Richard Priode, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking indecent liberties with a student. The charge does not require him to register as a sex offender.

Authorities say Priode was working at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte,when sexual contact began between him and a female teen student. Priode left the school in June 2008, then taught at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill.

Priode had faced a maximum of 15 months in prison. Prosecutors said Priode had no prior criminal record.

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