Ex-teacher may plead guilty in New Mexico statutory rape

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico high school teacher accused of statutory rape involving an underage student is expected to plead guilty to a felony sex charge.

James Dee Coulter is scheduled to enter a guilty plea after his jury trial was reset this week, prosecutors and his defense attorney told the Farmington Daily Times.

Police said Coulter, now 33, had sex with an Aztec High School student when she was 17 years old. He later told police that there were more victims.

A lawsuit also claims Coulter sent inappropriate text messages to a female student later killed in a 2017 school shooting. Jamie Lattin, the mother of the late Casey Marquez, filed a lawsuit in September in state district court against the Aztec Municipal School District Board of Education and Superintendent Kirk Carpenter citing negligence.

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