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story.lead_photo.caption Davonte Kyles Photo by Callaway County Sheriff's Office

A former paraprofessional at Auxvasse Elementary School accused of exchanging inappropriate texts with a student will serve two years of probation.

Davonte Jermaine Kyles, 24, of Auxvasse, appeared in Callaway County court last week and pleaded guilty to attempted sexual contact with a student, a misdemeanor, according to Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Wilson.

Though initially charged with the felony offense of enticement of a child, the court agreed to the plea agreement and to reduce the charge to the misdemeanor offense after consulting with the victim and the victim's family.

Judge Jeff Harris sentenced Kyles to one year in the county jail but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on two years of supervised probation with several conditions, including that he serve 60 days of shock time in the county jail (Kyles was given credit for the shock time having already served 88 days in jail) and that he not use any form of social media while on probation.

In addition, Kyles is required to register as a sex offender.

The investigation leading to the charges was initiated April 26, when a person "under the age of 15" reported receiving inappropriate messages from Kyles, who is also an assistant middle school track coach, according to the probable cause statement filed with the court.

The student claimed to have been exchanging messages with Kyles since October 2018. Kyles allegedly commented on the student's physique, asked her to sneak away from practice to meet him, according to the probable cause statement.

In an interview with investigators, Kyles admitted to asking the student to meet him and that he was hoping for some kind of encounter including "kissing" and touching, according to the statement.

Kyles was arrested April 29. When school administration officials learned of his conduct, they acted immediately to ensure an appropriate investigation ensued, Sheriff Clay Chism said at the time. Then-Superintendent Brian Garner confirmed Kyles' employment had been terminated.

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