By JB Clark
TUPELO – A former Monroe County School District teacher pleaded guilty to statutory rape Thursday in the Lee County Circuit Court.
Brian Flanner, 29, entered an open plea Thursday before Judge Thomas Gardner in Lee County even though the case is out of Monroe County.
Gardner sentenced Flanner to 20 years in prison; 10 of those are to be served and 10 suspended.
Flanner was employed at the Advanced Learning Center in the Monroe County School District where he taught about the court system, law enforcement, fire and emergency services and the military.
The victim was a student at the time of the rape.
Flanner was originally charged Nov. 8, 2012.
The open plea means Flanner had not previously talked with state prosecutors about a possible plea agreement before entering the guilty plea.
Flanner will also be required to register as a sex offender and serve five years of post-release supervision once released.