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Teacher sentenced for sex with student

The 2015 case of a music teacher who had sexual contact with a male student wrapped up last week in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Jennifer Lynn Mihalak, 35, of Poplar pleaded guilty Oct. 27 to two counts of sex assault of student by school staff. Thursday, she was sentenced to four years of probation and six months of jail with Huber work release. She was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors, to report as a sex offender and pay $922 in fines and court costs.

A third count of sex assault of student by school staff was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, Mihalak was a music teacher at Maranatha Academy and the victim was a 17-year-old student; the two had sexual contact in Billings Park on three occasions after school let out for the summer.