Ex-teacher accused in sex case pleads guilty

A former teacher and coach from Traverse City West Senior High School, who authorities said had sexual contact with a student, has pleaded guilty in the case.
AP Wire
Mar 2, 2012


The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Lisa Placek entered the plea Thursday to assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. She faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced March 21. She initially faced a tougher first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

Placek worked for the school district as a volleyball coach since 1997 and as a teacher since 1999. She resigned in January.

Court documents say police believe Placek committed a sexual act on a 15-year-old male student in her vehicle in Leelanau County’s Elmwood Township on Dec. 31.

Defense lawyer Patrick Heintz said his client wants to move on.


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