A former Hastings teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student and providing her with alcohol has taken a plea deal.

Tyler Hedlund, 23, of 515 E. Seventh St. pleaded guilty Friday in Adams County Court to a charge of procuring alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Each charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors reduced the charge from intentional child abuse, a Class 3A felony punishable by up to three years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Hedlund also agreed to surrender his teaching certificate. 

Adams County Judge Michael Mead ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Hedlund had been teaching and coaching football at Hastings Catholic Schools. A graduate of Hastings College, he was named the head coach of the St. Cecilia High School football program on March 5. Hedlund was placed on administrative leave April 22 as school officials asked Hastings police to investigate.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hedlund and the girl started a relationship in December 2018 that later became sexual. The girl reportedly would sneak out of her home and have Hedlund pick her up. He reportedly took her to his house and then later took her back home.

The two reportedly communicated through messages on their phones. The affidavit states that location services information confirm the approximate times and dates that the girl claims they met at Hedlund’s house.

Hedlund also is accused of providing alcohol for the student on two occasions and then another time with two of her friends, who were also minors.


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