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Rhonda Eisenberg, teacher, pleads guilty to sexually assaulting student, having his child

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In July, we told you about Greeley high school teacher Rhonda Eisenberg's arrest for sexual assault after allegedly bearing the child of an underage student in her care.

Now, Eisenberg has pleaded guilty in the case. Details and the original arrest affidavit below.

As we've reported, Eisenberg, 44, began teaching Spanish at Northridge High School in 2000 -- a gig she supplemented with instruction in the subject at the Engage Online Academy.

According to the aforementioned affidavit, the Greeley police received what is termed an "online information tip" last July 13 about Eisenberg. After stating that a student had been living with her in 2010 and 2011, it reads, "Several months before he graduated, she gave birth to a Hispanic baby without any other male in her life. Co-workers and family all suspect that she had a sexual relationship with him while he was a minor under her care....

"She continues to work with teenage boys," the note added.

Acting on this information, a Greeley PD detective headed to Eisenberg's home and saw her "leaving the residence with a juvenile Hispanic child" -- an observation that prompted an interview the next day.

The affidavit maintains that Eisenberg knew the conversation was voluntary -- and during the course of the chat, she's said to have admitted that the student had been living with her; she'd been designated as guardian by his parents, who resided in Mexico. She added that the two of them engaged in sexual intercourse on approximately twenty occasions beginning before he was legally an adult.

She's also quoted as conceding that the student was the father of her child and was continuing to assist her in the baby's care. Nonetheless, she told the detective that "she knew having sex with [deleted] was wrong due to his young age."

As evidence of this understanding, Eisenberg has now pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sex assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. Her sentencing is slated for March 27, at which time she's expected to be given ninety days in jail. She'll also go on sex-offender intensive supervised probation -- how long will be up to a judge -- and register as a sex offender.

And the child? According to Weld County District Attorney's Office spokesman Heath Montgomery, the baby is still in Eisenberg's custody. The hearing on March 27 will likely determine if that will remain the case long-term.

Look below to see a larger version of Eisenberg's booking photo, followed by the arrest affidavit.

Rhoda Eisenberg Arrest Affidavit

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Courtney Bowles: Fort Collins teacher busted naked with student getting national exposure."

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