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California teacher charged with having sex with teen student

June 4, 2012 | 10:45 am

Melody Carter-McCabeA Merced County teacher has been charged with having an almost year-long relationship with a student she mentored, allegedly having sex with him more than 50 times.

Melody Carter-McCabe, a 27-year-old Livingston High agriculture teacher, pleaded not guilty Friday to nine felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor.

Sheriff’s officials say Carter-McCabe began a relationship with the then-15-year-old boy in September 2010, and it lasted until Aug. 2011, according to the Merced Sun-Star.

The paper reports the student began “hanging out” at his teacher’s house, and the two would do yardwork together.

The boy eventually leaned in to kiss his teacher, which led to a month of “making out,” the newspaper said. The pair began having sex about November 2010, according to the sheriff’s report cited by the Sun-Star.

The paper said Carter-McCabe was arrested Friday and faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted. A sheriff’s spokesman told The Times the teacher’s bail has been set at $250,000.


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Photo: Melody Carter-McCabe. Credit: Merced County Sheriff's Department