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Former teacher gets 30 years

Sean Kovalevich
Sean Kovalevich

GRAND FORKS, ND (KFGO AM) -- A former Starkweather, North Dakota teacher has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a Grand Forks motel.

The prosecutor says the sentencing holds 28-year-old Sean Kovalevich responsible for the crime.

Kovalevich had sex with a 14-year-old girl multiple times after they met at a Catholic summer camp in Belcourt, where he was a counselor.

The defense attorney says it wasn't Kovalevich's intention for the relationship to turn sexual.

The judge didn't buy that argument in light of the large amount of evidence including hundreds of gifts and love letters between the two.

His attorney plans to appeal.

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