High school coach pleads guilty in child sex abuse case

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Posted: Feb 26, 2016 10:10 AM

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former high school teacher and wrestling coach charged with sexually abusing a female student has pleaded guilty to six felony counts.

Richard "Dickie" Howell II pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust and three counts of fourth-degree rape. He was immediately taken into custody pending sentencing on April 26.

Howell faces a maximum sentence of 120 years in prison and a minimum mandatory term of six years in prison.

Howell was arrested in January 2015 after a female student at Caesar Rodney High School reported that he had sex with her over several months in 2014 that included encounters at school and his home.

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Howell was later indicted on 50 felony counts.