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MI- Accused teacher dies from hanging!

6-9-2004 Michigan:

A former Homer teacher was found dead Monday, hours before he was scheduled to be sentenced to prison for having sex with a student. Brian K. Corbitt, 28, was found hanged to death in an apparent suicide Monday in his home near Adrian.

Although the age of consent to have sex in Michigan is 16, Corbitt was charged under a law enacted in June 2003 making it illegal for a teacher to have sex with a student in the same school. Corbitt was the first person charged in Calhoun County with that violation and Hotchkiss said his client may be the first person charged similarly in Michigan. In a written statement to the court, Corbitt said he and the girl, now 17, began their relationship at school and first started having sex in March.

"It was absolutely consensual," Hotchkiss said. "That has never been disputed." In his written statement, Corbitt said, "I thought we were genuinely in love. I didn't know it was a crime." Corbitt, a graduate of Michigan State University, who received his master's degree this year, had been a teacher at Homer for three years and was the FFA adviser. ..Source.. by Trace Christenson

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