Teacher Held on Charges of Sex With Student, 12

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A teacher was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student, officials said.

Sherry Brians, 41, a teacher at Buttonwillow School, had been under investigation for at least a week, said Sgt. Richard Wood of the Kern County Sheriff's Department. The boy's mother went to authorities after finding a letter in her son's backpack that indicated the two had a romantic and physical relationship at the school, Wood said.

Brians was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a child. She was held on $100,000 bail, and faces a minimum of three years in prison if convicted.

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