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SAN DIEGO -- A fifth-grade teacher accused of having sex with two of her former students -- including one who was 12 -- must stand trial on multiple child molestation charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.Adrienne Feistel, 35, faces more than 10 years in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick Mazzarella.One boy, now 15, testified during the two-day preliminary hearing that the sexual activity with Feistel began about two months into his seventh-grade year.At some point during that year, Feistel moved in with the boy's family because she was having marital problems, he testified.The teen -- who will be a high school sophomore next year -- said Feistel snuck into his bed and had sex with him a couple of months after moving in."She would come in when everybody was sleeping," he testified.He said the sexual activity with Feistel continued after she moved out, even though the relationship made him uncomfortable and he didn't want to have sex with the defendant.He said he ended up telling authorities what happened last August when police were called to his home to investigate a confrontation between his mother and sister."I decided to stop and not do it anymore," the boy testified.

"She tried to kiss me and I wouldn't."His older sister testified that she had become best friends with the defendant, but helped evict her after her mother caught her brother and Feistel sleeping in the same bed.Asked why she didn't believe the rumors of her brother and Feistel having sex, she replied, "Because that was his teacher.

That was my best friend."Investigators allege Feistel pressured the boy into sex acts between August 2006 and last year.Another boy testified that had sex with Feistel, but it didn't happen until he was 18.District attorney's Investigator Barbara Rudestill testified that the boy told her and another investigator that he had sex with Feistel two to three times in San Diego.A fellow teacher said she accompanied Feistel to see a counselor and the defendant ended curled up in a ball on the floor saying, "What if I did something to a student?" Rudestill testified.That teacher said Feistel was obsessed with Mary Kay Letourneau, a former elementary school teacher convicted of raping a 12-year-old student, whom she eventually married, Rudestill testified.Another teacher told the investigators that Feistel had a "favorite student" every year, and it was usually a boy, Rudestill testified.Authorities allege the sexual relations between Feistel and the older boy began in 2004, when he would have been around 15.Judge Gale Kaneshiro ordered Feistel to stand trial on 12 felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child, some alleging substantial sexual contact.Feistel taught at Rosa Parks Elementary School but went on leave on Feb.

27, 2006.

She resigned from the district on September 1 of that year.Feistel's attorney, Anna Yum, told the judge that the alleged sexual relationship with the young boy never happened.The attorney said the credibility of witnesses, especially some of the younger witnesses, will be important if the case goes to trial.But Kaneshiro said she found the alleged victim who is now 15 to be credible."I believed him completely," the judge said.Kaneshiro ordered Feistel to have no contact with any minor children, including her 6-year-old son, unless accompanied by an adult who knows about the charges against the defendant.The defendant -- who is free on $50,000 bail -- will return to court July 8 for arraignment in Superior Court and to get a trial date.Copyright 2009 by City News Service.

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