Former PHX teacher pleads guilty to sex crimes

Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 23:50:09-04

A former Phoenix elementary school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a young girl last year has pleaded guilty to three sex-crime charges.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Kenne Worthen pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of attempted child molestation.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on July 29.

The 28-year-old Worthen was arrested in April 2015 after police say he had been sending inappropriate text messages to the then 12-year-old girl for some time.

Authorities say the sexual relationship was discovered after interviews with the girl and Worthen.

Court records show Worthen previously worked as a teacher at Longview Elementary.