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A woman who taught at Lakewood High school was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison in connection with her no-contest plea to a felony count of a lewd act with a 15-year-old female student off campus about a decade ago.

Superior Court Judge Laura Laesecke also ordered Mary Jahn, 53, to register as a sex offender for life and not to have any contact with the now young woman for 10 years.

“When I say no contact, I’m very serious,” the judge said, noting that the protective order requires Jahn to stay at least 100 yards from her former student.

Jahn immediately was taken into custody in the Long Beach courtroom after the sentencing.

Eight other counts against Jahn involving the same girl were dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.

The young woman — now in her mid-20s — 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 Deputy District Attorney Troy Davis.

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.

The crime occurred in Long Beach, according to the prosecutor.

She was arrested and charged in September of last year.

Defense attorney Leonard Levine said Jahn has “done many wonderful things for many students throughout the years — all of whom were ready to testify on her behalf had this case gone to trial.

“Hopefully that legacy will remain despite the resolution of this case,” Levine said.

The prosecutor said outside court the victim is “happy that we were able to resolve (the case) without having to go through a trial and testify again.”

The victim was in court, but decided not to make an impact statement, Davis said.

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