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Former teacher's assistant pleads guilty to texting charge

RICHMOND — A former Madison Middle School teacher's assistant pleaded guilty to a charge related to sending text messages to a 13-year-old girl requesting sexual favors.

Brandon Clay Rousey, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. Under a plea agreement, the commonwealth will recommend a one-year sentence.

Rousey, an Americorps worker at the school, had been scheduled to go on trial Tuesday.

Madison Circuit Court Judge William Clouse scheduled sentencing for Sept. 17.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department said last year that Rousey sent more than 100 text messages to the student, some during school hours.

Rousey issued a statement soon after his arrest in November, saying that nothing inappropriate had happened between him and the student, other than the text messages.

"That conduct is bad enough, and I will regret it for the rest of my life," he wrote at the time.