Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Teacher Sentenced to Three Years' Probation for Child Abuse and Battery - Wisconsin

By Sara Kronenberg

Calumet County - A former teacher accused of abusing students was sentenced to probation Wednesday -- with the threat of a year in jail if she violates the requirements.

Calumet County prosecutors charged Mary Berglund this past March with ten counts, including five felonies, for allegedly abusing six disabled students at Janet Berry Elementary School back in 2009.

At Wednesday's court hearing, Berglund pleaded no contest in a plea agreement that amends the child abuse charges to five counts of misdemeanor battery and one felony count of child abuse.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Berglund to probation and counseling.

The judge decided to put Berglund on probation for three years with anger management courses, counseling, and 100 hours of community service. She'll spend a year in jail if she doesn't follow through.


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