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No Contest Plea in Palmdale School Child Sex Molestation

Holly Marie Polson pleaded no contest to four counts of lewd act on a child under 14

By Jason Kandel
|  Friday, Mar 2, 2012  |  Updated 10:06 AM PDT
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A female teacher’s aide pleaded no contest to sexually molesting a 13-year-old male student whom she was tutoring, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Holly Marie Polson, 35, pleaded no contest to four counts of lewd act on a child under 14, said Deputy District Attorney Valerie Little.

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The married Palmdale resident entered her plea before Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky.

Polson has remained in custody since her June 14, 2011 arrest.

She faces up to 14 years in state prison when she returns to court on March 29 for sentencing.

Polson was an aide at Shadow Hills Intermediate School.

She admitted to having an ongoing sexual relationship with the student between May 29 and June 10, 2011, while they were in a classroom and in her car, authorities said.

The acts were discovered when a relative of the victim discovered inappropriate text messages from the suspect on the victim’s cell phone, officials said.

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