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Clarksville teacher given probation for sex acts with minor

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Clarksville teacher and basketball coach was sentenced to three years of probation for performing sexual acts with a minor.

Bryan Farmer will serve only 60 days in the Montgomery County Jail, according to a written order submitted by Judge John Gasaway Friday.

"This court finds that some confinement is particularly suited to provide an effective deterrence to others likely to commit similar offenses," Gasaway wrote.

"The court finds that the sentence ... imposed is the least severe measure necessary to achieve the purposes for which the sentence is imposed."

Gasaway denied a motion for judicial diversion, which would have allowed the conviction to be expunged from Farmer's record.

Farmer also will have to register as a sex offender, perform 350 hours of community service, undergo a psychological and sexual assessment and complete counseling.

Farmer had been indicted on a total of 18 charges with three victims, which included four counts of statutory rape and 14 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.

At his May trial, Farmer, who taught in the school system from 2002 to April 2005, was found not guilty on six counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and one count of statutory rape.

He was indicted on a total of 18 charges with three victims, which included four counts of statutory rape and 14 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.

However, the court ruled to sever the counts. The trial that ended in May involved eight counts with one teenage girl between January 2004 and May 2005.

The student at Northeast High School student, where Farmer taught, was 16 and 17 during that time.

He is scheduled to appear in court for two more trials. The next trial is set for Nov. 26. Assistant District Attorney General John Finklea said he was satisfied with the three-year sentence and glad the judge denied the request for diversion.

"When a teacher abuses that trust, you have to do something to deny diversion and to give jail time so everyone else knows what can happen," he said.

"You can't just walk away with it." Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, www.theleafchronicle.com

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