Former Washoe County School teacher pleads guilty to sex with a student

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    A former Washoe County School District teacher pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with a student on Thursday, Jan. 24, in Washoe District Court.

    According to the Second Judicial District Court, Maren Nicole Oates pleaded guilty to a charge of engaging in sex with a student when Oates was a teacher at the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology located on Edison Way in Reno.

    Oates was 33-years-old when she was arrested on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

    According to a Washoe County School District spokesperson, Oates is no longer employed in the district.

    She is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Jerome Polaha on April 2.

    The Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology website says the school "is an advanced career technical education academy within the Washoe County School District. AACT provides the opportunity for students to determine what career or college pathway they want to pursue in post-secondary education. AACT creates the support structure to ensure students enter a college or profession ready to use all available technology and tools necessary to be the best and brightest in the field."

    At the time of her arrest, the school district issued the following statement:

    Washoe County School Police are investigating allegations that a District employee engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student.
    The employee in question has been placed on administrative leave.
    The safety and security of our students and staff is our number-one priority. The District cannot discuss personnel issues.

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