Former Burke Central High School history teacher Katie Michelle Erdahl, 34, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison, all suspended except for the 80 days she has already served in prison, and five years in prison. supervised probation for having had sexual contact with one of them. male teenage students last year. North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar also ordered her to register as a sex offender, give up her teaching license, have no contact with the victim and pay the fees. court costs and restitution to be determined. Burke County State’s Attorney Amber Fiesel told Judge Hagar that counseling was being considered for the victim, who was between the ages of 15 and 17 at the time of the offense.
“I would just like to apologize for my actions” Erdahl told the judge.
Erdahl will also receive 10 days credit on his sentence for good behavior. She was sentenced to serve 90 days, but actually served around 79 days, meaning she only had one day left to serve once she was credited for the 10 days. “good time.”
Erdahl had sexual contact with the boy at her home. At the time, she was living in Lignite in a residence owned by the Burke County School District. Erdahl was placed on administrative leave by the school district when the allegation first came to light last year. The Class C criminal bribery of a minor charge was filed against her in December 2021 and she later pleaded guilty to the charge. Erdahl has since switched to Flasher.