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Teacher sentenced to 6 years for sex abuse

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – A former suburban St. Louis teacher was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday for performing sex acts on teenage students.

Earlier this year, a jury found 48-year-old Cathy Heminghaus guilty of statutory sodomy, sexual contact with a student and supplying liquor to a minor.

In addition to the prison time, Judge Michael Jamison fined her $1,000 for the alcohol-related crimes.

Authorities have said the incidents happened in 2005 and 2006 at Ferguson Middle School.

Heminghaus was fired by the Special School District after she was arrested in 2006.

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