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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:00 am

A former Ironwood Ridge High School art teacher who admitted to having sex with students was sentenced to 33 months in prison on Monday.

Melissa Ann Dalton, 34, will have to serve at least 28 months of the sentence, and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

In a plea agreement, Dalton pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with a minor under 18 (a class six felony), attempted sexual conduct with a minor (a class three felony), and attempted sexual conduct with a minor (a class three felony).

According to court documents, Dalton allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a 15-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy in her classroom and in her car on several occasions from February to April.

Oro Valley police were notified of the alleged incidents on in April of last year when the parents of a 15-year-old student contacted school administrators.

The parents found out about the alleged incident after the ninth grader told his cousin that Dalton performed oral sex on him in the back of her art room on April 27, 2012.

Dalton had sex on multiple occasions with the 16-year-old student who watched the encounter with her freshman student. The student had been bragging for weeks about having sex with Dalton.

Both Dalton and the student admitted that they had intercourse twice in her car, once in the classroom, and on a separate occasion in the student’s bedroom.

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