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Ex-teacher guilty of sexual misconduct

Kaitlin Grant, 23, was a substitute teacher working

Kaitlin Grant, 23, was a substitute teacher working in the Freeport school district and was accused of having a relationship with a 15 year-old-female student, police said. (March 9, 2012) Credit: NCPD

A former Freeport High School substitute teacher pleaded guilty Friday to charges that she had a sexual relationship with a student.

Kaitlin Grant, 23, of Elmont, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor, prosecutor Jamie Johnson said. She had originally been charged with three felony counts of a criminal sex act.

Judge William O'Brien is not likely to sentence her to jail time, prosecutors said, but at her next court date, Dec. 7, he will likely require her to register as a sex offender and to serve six years' probation.

A hearing will also be held on that date to determine which level sex offender Grant will be, Johnson said.

Grant's lawyer could not be reached after the court proceeding.

Police have said Grant had a relationship with a 15-year-old student for about four months, beginning in November. The age of consent in New York State is 17.

The girl's family became suspicious when they found a photo of her with Grant and questioned the teen about it, police said. The next day, the mother and a family member went to police.

Attorney Michael DerGarabedian, who represents the 15-year-old, said his client harbors no ill will toward Grant.

"She believes an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind," said DerGarabedian, of Rockville Centre.

The school district has said Grant, a former high school and college basketball star whose father, Maurice Grant, is an assistant principal at the school, had passed all background checks, in compliance with state law, and had no prior criminal record. She began working as a substitute teacher in 2011, officials said.

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