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A former Basalt High School teacher accused of having sex with a teen student has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, and sex crime charges have been dismissed, according to court records.Lauren Redfern, 26, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, court records show.The Eagle County District Attorney's Office has agreed to dismiss two felony charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust involving a pattern of abuse, records show. Redfern could have faced four to 16 years in prison if convicted on those charges.The plea agreement has received tentative approval from District Court Judge Katharine Sullivan, according to the Aspen Times Redfern, a former physical education teacher who also coached the girls' basketball team, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26.Defense attorney Lawson Wills told the Times that Redfern's guilty plea is not an admission that she had a sexual relationship with the student.The former teacher does not face prison time, Wills added.Redfern was arrested Feb. 15 after the high school's athletic director allegedly found her in a school bathroom with the male student, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Times.The newspaper said Redfern came out of the bathroom while the student stayed behind. School administrators later confronted the student, who told them that he had sex with the teacher in the bathroom, the affidavit obtained by the newspaper said.Because the student was 18 years old at the time, authorities said the Feb. 9 incident was not a crime, the Times reported.Eagle County sheriff's deputies, however, had investigated whether Redfern had sex with the student while he was still 17-years-old. Redfern resigned soon after her arrest.