WHITE CLOUD, Mich., (WZZM)- A White Cloud teacher and football coach has admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with two students.
Ethan Wendell, 37, accepted a plea deal that allowed him to plead guilty to two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Two other charges were dropped.
The former teacher was accused of having a relationship with two different female students between the age of 16 and 18 while he was still employed by the school.
Tuesday at a pre-trial hearing, Wendell accepted a plea deal that would dismiss some of the charges and cap his jail time to six months.
When the judge asked him what he did, he admitted to kissing and touching.
"On two separate occasions I had inappropriate contact with a student of mine in the form of a kiss and while doing so I placed my hands on her backside," said Wendell.
As part of the plea deal, Wendell had to surrender his teaching license. The judge told him that he has given up a lot for his lapse in judgment.
Wendell will be sentenced on November 5th.