ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Plainwell High School teacher accused of having sexual contact with a student has been sentenced to jail.
Kelly Laker was sentenced to five years of probation and one year in jail with credit for one day served in Allegan County Circuit Court on Friday.
In December 2013, Laker pleaded no contest to two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as one during sentencing.
In May 2013, Laker was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and obstruction of justice.
The charges were brought against Laker after someone saw him kissing the forehead of one of his students as he consoled her in a back room attached to his classroom at Plainwell High School. The student told police Laker would console her because she had test-taking anxiety, and had kissed her on the lips on more than one occasion. He also allegedly would take the student’s hand and place it on his private area.
Laker resigned from his job in August 2013 and voluntarily gave up his teaching certificate. He will be placed on the Michigan Sex Offender registry.
Had he been convicted as originally charged, Laker could have faced up to 20 years in prison.