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Teacher pleads guilty to attempted sexual conduct with underage student

A woman who taught fourth-grade at a private Catholic school in South Buffalo pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court on Friday morning to two counts of attempted sexual conduct with a person under age 17 – a reduced charge from the four felonies she originally faced.

Mary Rose Brady, 48, admitted that between March 2009 and May 2009, she tried to have sex with the victim on at least two occasions. The victim has been identified only as an older former student and was not a child in Brady’s elementary class.

The offenses are Class A misdemeanors and require that Brady register as Class A sex offender, said Rosanne Johnson, chief of the DA’s Special Victims Bureau.

Brady has been on unpaid leave from Notre Dame Academy and free on $5,000 bail since she was arraigned on four Class E felonies under a sealed indictment in January. At that time, administrators at the school, which enrolls students in pre-K through eighth grade, told parents in a letter that they had no prior knowledge of Brady’s conduct or that she was under investigation. The offenses did not occur on school grounds.

As a condition of accepting her plea, Michalski required that Brady waive her right to challenge the statute of limitations for the crimes and that she surrender her New York State teaching certification. He added that the plea has the approval of the victim, since it meant there would be no need to testify at trial.

Brady faces a possible sentence of up to one year in jail or six years on probation when she returns before Justice John L. Michalski on July 27.