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Ohio high school guidance counselor pleads guilty to having sex with student

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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC/SBG) - In a Butler County courtroom, a Fairfield High School guidance counselor admitted to having sex with an underage student. Craig Harden pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery on Nov. 1.

Harden was charged last week on two counts. The arrest report indicated the relationship began in September.

Also, according to the arrest report, the girl told detectives she had sex with Harden on two separate occasions at her Fairfield home. When Harden was arrested, he admitted to having sex with her. He told police they became close over the summer.

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Harden will be sentenced next month. He could get up to five years in prison and fined $10,000.He also has to register as a tier three sex offender for the rest of his life.

Harden has been on administrative leave with the district.

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