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Former Waterloo and Cedar Rapids teacher to plead guilty

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A former teacher in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids is expected to plead guilty to having sex with a Waterloo West student.

Waterloo police arrested Brett David Messenger, 26, in January. He was charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee.

Linda Fangman, a prosecutor with the Black Hawk County Attorney's Office, says that Messenger is expected to plead guilty to the charge.  A plea hearing is scheduled for June 4.

According to the criminal complaint, the student told another teacher that the relationship between her and Messenger started in April or May of 2011 and continued until late July or early August.

The incident was reported to police on December 8, 2011.

Officers say the victim told them that they began kissing at school and then had sex at Messenger's house before she graduated on May 26, 2011.

Messenger admitted to police that he had sex with the girl at his house in Waterloo on graduation night.

The Waterloo Community School District says that Messenger was employed with them for the 2010-2011 school year and resigned to take a job at Cedar Rapids Washington High School.

The Cedar Rapids Community School District says that Messenger was placed on administrative leave in December 2011 and resigned his job as an instrumental music instructor shortly after.

The College Community School District confirms that Messenger was the Associate Band Director at Prairie High School for the 2009-2010 school year before resigning to go to Waterloo West.

Messenger faces up to five years in prison and a fine between $750 and $7,500.

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