Pittsburgh: Ex-teacher’s aide sentenced in sex with students case

Forty-nine-year-old Michelle Mellinger was also sentenced Tuesday in Allegheny County to a year of house arrest and five years of probation

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A former teacher’s aide who pleaded guilty to having sexual relationships with five teenage students at a western Pennsylvania high school – and trying to have sex with another – has been sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in prison.

Forty-nine-year-old Michelle Mellinger was also sentenced Tuesday in Allegheny County to a year of house arrest and five years of probation. She pleaded guilty to five counts of instituti9onal sexual assault and statutory sexual assault and one attempted assault count.

Authorities said the former special education class assistant sent text messages to the McKeesport Area High School teens between June 2013 and February and drove them to her apartment and another residence for sex.

Authorities said the students ranged in age from 15 to 17 years old.

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