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Former teacher arrested on sex abuse charges

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Serena Rae Milan, 28. Serena Rae Milan, 28.

KNOXVILLE  (AP) - A former Knox County teacher was arrested on sexual abuse charges involving a student.

News outlets report 28-year-old Serena Rae Milan turned herself in to authorities Wednesday at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. A presentment shows she faces multiple charges including statutory rape by an authority figure, solicitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual activity involving a minor. She worked at Northwest Middle School and resigned in July.

The presentment alleges Milan repeatedly engaged in various sexual acts with a 14-year-old student from February to July.

In a statement, defense attorney Gregory Isaacs says Milan "intends to accept responsibility for her actions while a teacher in the Knox County Schools system."

Schools spokeswoman Melissa Ogden said she wouldn't answer questions about the case or Milan.

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