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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former Springfield elementary teacher accused of sending lewd text messages to a teenager has been sentenced to four months in jail followed by probation.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Jeffrey L. Turnbough pleaded guilty in May to attempted sexual misconduct involving a child. The sentence he received Monday requires 120 days in jail and probation after that time is served.

Court documents show Turnbough admitted to police that he had sent lewd text messages to a 13-year-old, who was not his student.

After the incident was reported in 2011, Turnbough was let go from Pleasant View Elementary, where he had been teaching fifth grade.

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