Colony High teacher pleas to abuse charge

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former Colony High school teacher has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of a minor, a 17-year-old student.

Seth D. Joslin, 34, made the plea Friday in Superior Court in Palmer as part of a deal with the Palmer district attorney.

Under the agreement, Joslin pleaded no contest to a single felony count of sexual abuse of a minor and agreed to give up his teaching certificate.

In exchange, the district attorney will ask that Joslin serve no more than six months in jail, and will allow Joslin to serve his probation out of state. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20.

Joslin taught social studies at the school. He was originally charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor for encounters he had with the female student.

Joslin was the second teacher at the school to be accused this year of sexually abusing a student. In January, Rhonda Gildersleeve, 32, a special education teacher who has since resigned, was charged with having a relationship with a 16-year-old student. She has pleaded not guilty.



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