Teacher pleads not guilty in sex case

Published On: Feb 04 2014 02:48:20 PM CST
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A south central Kansas teacher has pleaded not guilty to having unlawful sexual relations with a student.
24-year-old Ashley Marie Eck, of Augusta, also waived her right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Monday in Cowley County.
Eck was a teacher at Winfield High School.

The Winfield Daily Courier reports a police investigation began shortly after graduation in May of last year.
Eck remains on administrative leave from the school district.

If convicted, Eck would face a sentence of not less than 31 or more than 136 months in prison, a fine of up to $300,000 and post-release supervision.