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Teacher's aide waives formal arraignment in sex-texting case

A Madison Middle School teacher's assistant who admitted that he exchanged inappropriate text messages with a student waived his formal arraignment Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court.

Brandon Clay Rousey, 23, was arrested Nov. 17 and charged with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department said Rousey sent more than 100 text messages to a 13-year-old student in which he requested sexual favors from the teen-ager.

A Madison County grand jury indicted Rousey last week. Rousey said in a statement he issued in November that nothing inappropriate happened between he and the student other than the text messages. Rousey will appear in court for a pretrial conference at 1:30 p.m. April 9.

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