Michigan High School teacher Tyler David Millward was arrested on July 13 for allegedly having sex with a female student.

According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, during the science teacher’s arraignment on July 16, the 17-year-old said that the married teacher never forced himself on her and that the sex was consensual.

The student told the judge that he need not impose a no contact order between her and the teacher.

She told Magistrate Joe Brutsche, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer:

“He has never been a threat and he has never hurt me…He never told me to say anything or push me to do anything against my will. I wish to have contact.”

The duo allegedly had a relationship that started in July 2017 — when the student was 16 years old — and lasted through January.

The investigation about their relationship was opened in January; Millward was let go from his teaching job in February.

According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, prosecutors said that Millward originally lied about having sex with the teen, taking her to a hotel, and texting her.

Millward was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of lying to police.

If the former teacher is found guilty on all counts, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

The teacher’s lawyer said the teacher, who was in his third year of teaching in the district, is no longer a threat to the school and wants to just move on with his life.

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