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Ex-Teacher Gets Probation in Field-Trip Sex Case

Posted February 8, 2007 3:37 p.m. EST
Updated February 8, 2007 6:51 p.m. EST

— A former Concord teacher entered a plea Thursday in connection with charges that she had sex with a 16-year-old student while on an overnight field trip in Raleigh last April.

Janet Klatt, 44, of Charlotte, was charged with sexual activity between a school personnel member and a student, a felony offense. She entered an Alford plea and was given 30 months' probation and was ordered to have no contact with the male student and to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

An Alford plea is one in which a defendant does not admit guilt, but admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty.

Both Klatt and her attorney declined to comment Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said Klatt, who taught at a private school in Concord called The Cannon School, was discovered having sex with the student at the Clarion Hotel on Hillsborough Street during the overnight trip on April 28-29.

Last month, Klatt entered an Alford plea in connection with charges stemming from an incident in Cabarrus County with the same student.