A woman who taught at Lakewood High School pleaded no contest Friday to a felony count of a lewd act with a child involving a 15-year-old female student off-campus about a decade ago.
Mary Jahn, 53, entered her plea just before jurors were set to hear opening statements in her trial.
Jahn — who is out of custody — faces three years in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender, according to Deputy District Attorney Troy Davis.
Jahn was set to be sentenced Nov. 30 by Superior Court Judge Laura Laesecke, who warned her that she was “trusting” Jahn to return to court and not to violate the law.
Eight other counts against Jahn involving the same girl are expected to be dismissed when she is sentenced.
The young woman — now 25 — came forward last year to allege that she and Jahn had a sexual relationship between July 2008 and July 2011, beginning when she was 15 years old, according to the prosecutor.
Jahn worked as an English teacher at Lakewood High School from 2006 until May 2017, when she was placed on leave at the outset of the investigation, the Long Beach School District said last year.
She was arrested and charged in September of last year, but was subsequently released from custody.
Defense attorney Leonard Levine declined to comment on the plea outside court.