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Teacher accused in illicit photos case gets probation

Associated Press

St. Joseph — A former southwestern Michigan middle school teacher accused of taking cellphone pictures of a student’s underwear has been sentenced to five years of probation.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports 37-year-old Aaron Badger was sentenced Monday. Berrien County Trial Court Judge Arthur Cotter told him that his behavior was “stunning” and an inexcusable violation of trust.

Badger apologized to his former students and the community.

Badger pleaded guilty in January to surveilling an unclothed person or in their underwear, a felony offense that carries a penalty of up to two years in prison. Other felony charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Badger taught social studies at New Buffalo Middle School. He was charged as the result of complaints last year from a female student and resigned.