SEXUAL ABUSE: Former Teacher To Appear In Court

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A 27-year old former Montezuma high school English teacher facing child-sex charges will be in court Monday.

Derek Bates is charged with four counts of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and indecent contact with a child.

Court records show the alleged victims are 12 and 13-years-old.

Bates taught at the school from 2009, but he resigned last October after he admitted to drinking with a 17-year-old student in a classroom.

Bates is out of jail on bond.

If convicted on all the charges he’s facing, Bates could be sentenced to up to 65 years in prison.