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Aide at Special Needs School Gets Jail Time for Having Sex, Baby With Student

The now-31-year-old woman had been a bus driver and aide at the school for nine years when she was arrested

By Jesse Garcia
|  Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014  |  Updated 8:30 AM PDT
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Jail Time for School Aide Who Had Baby With Student

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Mandy Morales is pictured in her booking photo after her arrest Wednesday, June 10, 2013, on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

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A former teacher’s aide at a special needs school in San Dimas was sentenced to jail time Monday after pleading guilty to having sex and a baby with a teenage student, according to court officials.

Mandy Morales, who worked at Canyon View School, was given a year in jail and three years’ probation, and ordered to attend sex offender counseling and parenting classes, a clerk at the Pomona Courthouse told NBC4.

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A felony complaint for an arrest warrant had accused Morales, now 31, of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under age 16 between Oct. 1, 2011, and July 5, 2012.

Authorities became aware of the relationship in December 2012 but waited to take legal action until DNA tests confirmed the baby girl's father, Sgt. Peter Hahn of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told NBC4 when Morales was arrested last summer.

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Canyon View School -- a private K-12 school in San Dimas, about 30 miles east of LA -- provides education to students aged 6 to 22 with special needs, according to its website.

Morales had been a bus driver and aide at the school since 2004, Hahn said.

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