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Former Athens teacher faced with CSC charges will head to trial

Former Athens teacher charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct. (WWMT/File)

A former teacher in West Michigan is heading to trial in January 2019.

Former Athens High School science teacher Tyler Milliard, 30, of Springfield, faces up to 15 years in prison, if he's convicted of criminal sexual conduct.

Millward is charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a then 16-year-old student between July 2017 and January of 2018.

After the affair was discovered, the student told police she didn't have sex with Millward.

She confessed last month the denials were lies and she had a "consensual relationship" with Millward.

The student, now 17, is nearly nine-months pregnant with Millward's child.

In court Tuesday, the student revealed that the former Athens teacher knows what he did and that she was blinded by it, but now knows recanting her statements was not right.

Millward's attorney Anastase Markou questioned the student why she changed her mind.

"Give me a second to civilly say what I want to say," she testified. "There are lots of things that he has done that he knows he did and other people know what he did, but it has not been brought to light yet. I have seen it. I don't think he is the person he portrays he is. I was really blinded and now I know all the stuff that happened, so it is not right what I did when I recanted, but I thought I was giving a good man a chance."

Millward was sentenced in November to a 60-day jail sentence for a separate domestic violence conviction involving his former wife.

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