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Ex-Alabama high school guidance counselor sentenced for sexual contact with student

A former Alabama high school guidance counselor was sentenced Monday for having sexual contact with a student, court records showed.

Jessica B. Herb, 40, who was a guidance counselor at Asheville High School in St. Clair County during the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to the offense last week.

As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Herb received a three-year sentence — with 1 1/2 years of the sentence being served in an Alabama Department of Corrections facility and the other 1 1/2 years in community corrections.

She pleaded guilty to one count of school employee having sexual contact with a student.

Seven other counts against Herb were dismissed as part of the plea agreement — five counts of school employee having sexual contact with a student and two counts of school employee distributing or soliciting obscene matter to a student, according to court records.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Phil Seay sentenced Herb on Monday.

Herb was placed on administrative leave when she was charged in late January.

Ashville High School Principal Leann Ford could not be reached for comment on Herb’s current employment status but WTVM reported Herb no longer works for the school.

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