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Former Bemidji teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

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BEMIDJI -- A former teacher at Voyageurs Expeditionary School in Bemidji plead guilty to felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Beltrami County Court on Tuesday.

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Paul Joseph Johnson, 48, of Backus, Minn., was charged in January after accusations of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student. Johnson plead not guilty to the charge in June.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and Beltrami county government for The Bemidji Pioneer. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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