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Former Sullivan East teacher pleads guilty to charges of sexual exploitation of a minor

August 27th, 2012 12:02 pm by Kacie Breeding

Former Sullivan East teacher pleads guilty to charges of sexual exploitation of a minor

BLOUNTVILLE — A former Sullivan East High School teacher has pleaded guilty to seven counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in exchange for 8 years behind bars.

Sherri Lynn Baffa, 37, entered an Alford, or best-interest, plea of guilty to the charges Monday in front of Sullivan County Circuit Court Judge Jerry Beck. The plea agreement required Baffa to agree to serve 100 percent of an 8-year prison term and pay a $2,000 fine.

Baffa must also undergo a sexual offender evaluation and will be placed on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry for a minimum of 10 years. After that, she may petition to be removed from the registry. She must also pay a $3,000 sexual offender surcharge.

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