Former math teacher pleads to stabbing wife & more

A former middle school math teacher in Michigan pleaded no contest Tuesday to one count of assault with intent to murder and two counts of criminal sexual conduct, MLive.com reports from Grand Rapids.

James Philip Chelekis, 32, used to be a teacher at Crestwood Middle School in Kentwood, Michigan, where, police say, he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student, who told police the relationship had been going on for a year and a half.

On June 27, police in Wyoming responded to a disturbance at his family’s home just before 6 AM. They found Mr Chelekis’s wife there, with her throat slit. Mr Chelekis told police that he had armed himself with a knife (the couple had reportedly been having an argument) and that his wife had fallen on the knife during a struggle.

His wife, it was reported, didn’t know about the sexual relationship with the middle school student until after the investigation into the stabbing led police to his cellphone records, which provided evidence of the relationship.

“He is no longer with the school district,” MLive faithfully reported. Thank God for that! Not only that, but his wife has filed for divorce. Also good news!

He faces three potential life sentences for the crimes, and he is expected to be back before Judge Paul Sullivan in Kent County Circuit Court for sentencing on January 23.

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