With just a few words, a former New Underwood teacher confessed Tuesday to having sex with a student last October.
“I had sexual intercourse with --,” Kyle Keegan admitted, using the 15-year-old girl’s initials in Circuit Judge Janine Kern’s courtroom.
The 26-year-old man was a social studies teacher at New Underwood High School until he was arrested on Oct. 11, 2012, for fourth-degree rape and having sexual contact with a child younger than 16. The arrest came just days after the sexual encounter, according to court documents.
Under the terms of the plea agreement negotiated by Keegan’s attorney, Tim Rensch, and Pennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Ryan Ryder, the fourth-degree rape charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, was dismissed.
Keegan, however, still faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced March 11. According to Ryder, Keegan may have to serve 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. He is also required to register as a sexual offender.
Keegan has completed a psychological/sexual evaluation that is typically requested before sentencing, according to Rensch.
Keegan remains free on a $50,000 bond until his sentencing. He is under court orders not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 18.