Former substitute teacher pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges in Bay City sex case

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BAY CITY, Michigan — A mid-Michigan woman who worked as a high school substitute teacher has pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sexual conduct.

Heidi Lewis entered the plea to three misdemeanor counts Tuesday in Bay County court. The 45-year-old from Midland was accused of having sex with three 17-year-old students over summer break in 2010.

She had been charged with six felony counts. Prosecutors dropped the higher charges in the plea deal reached on the scheduled first day of trial.

Michigan's Appeals Court ordered a retrial for Lewis in 2013 after a judge dismissed the six felony counts. The appeals court ruled state law protects "individuals in a certain age group" from encounters with someone in a position of authority.

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