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Teacher who had sex with students sentenced to 20 years

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A former high school English teacher was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for having sex with his students.

Police said 38-year-old Brandon McDaniel had sexual relationships with at least five female students at Sam Houston High School in Arlington between 2001 and 2012.

McDaniel pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of an improper relationship between an educator and student, which involved three of the five students.

The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half before deciding on the 20-year maximum sentence, according to a spokesperson for Joe Shannon, Jr., Tarrant County's district attorney.

Several of the young women, who ranged in age from 14 to 18 during the incidents, told police their relationships with McDaniel began as student-teacher relationships and over time turned into consensual sex, which sometimes took place in his classroom, car and home he shared with his wife and kids.

An investigation was launched into McDaniel in 2009 after a student told someone about their sexual relationship with him. That allegation couldn't be proved, and even though McDaniel was reprimanded by the school, he wasn't criminally charged.

McDaniel's behavior continued, and he developed sexual relationships with two more students in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, police received a tip about McDaniel, and an investigation into him was launched by Arlington Police before he was arrested and charged.

Although some of the victims were 18 years old, in Texas, it is a criminal offense for a teacher to have sex with a student at any age.

A spokesperson D.A. Shannon said that all of McDaniel's victims and his wife were similar in appearance – attractive and petite with long, dark hair. Additionally, the victims were academically gifted, graduating in the top 10 of their classes, and at times, McDaniel gave them alcohol and marijuana.

McDaniel resigned from his position at Sam Houston following his arrest.

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