Former Grand Forks Teacher Admits to Sexual Relationship with Student

James Whalen, 42, will be sentenced on April 24th

A former Grand Forks teacher has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student.

In a plea deal, James Whalen pleaded guilty to sexual assault and two counts of corruption of a minor.

A third corruption of a minor charge was dropped.

The 42-year-old Whalen will be sentenced on April 24.

His plea deal calls for a five year prison term with two years suspended and he must register as a sex offender.

Whalen was a teacher at Central High School when he was charged with having sex with a student in rooms at the school, in his home and in his vehicle in 2015 and 2016.

He was also charged with criminal sexual conduct in Polk County, but that trial was also called off earlier this month after a plea deal was reached.

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