Former Brownsboro High School teacher Donald Gene Dudley, 44, pleaded guilty to a charge of indecency with a child by contact Monday.

Dudley, a former BHS biology teacher, was sentenced to eight years in jail in 392nd District Judge Carter Tarrance’s court.

The sentence will be served concurrently with a prior jail sentence of nine years.

Dudley’s charge stemmed from several incidents in which he had sexual contact with a female former student. The incidents began June 15, 2005, and occurred at the student’s house.

The student, who is now 17, was 16-years-old at the time of the assault.

Dudley was suspended with pay from Brownsboro ISD in September 2005. He was indicted Nov. 10, 2005.

Dudley was sentenced to nine years in jail on Nov. 21, 2006, after being found guilty of one count of child sexual assault with the same victim.

The sentence was handed down in Smith County in 173rd District Judge Cynthia Stevens Kent’s court.

Child sexual assault, a second-degree felony, is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Dudley was also previously convicted on another count of child sexual assault with the same victim on June 8, 2006. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $2,500 the next day.

After the sentencing phase, the jury said they had intended to sentence Dudley to 10 years in jail and five years’ probation.

For the charge of indecency with a child by contact, Dudley was to be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shari Moore. He was to be defended by Edinburg attorney Jose Carlos Macias.

He will be eligible for parole in four-and-a-half years.

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