LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Shelby County special education has pleaded guilty to sex charges involving two students.

In a lime green sweater, Shannon Hirchert walked into Shelby Circuit Court ready to take a plea deal.  As part of the deal, Hirchert pleaded guilty in court Monday morning to six counts of sexual abuse and two counts of distributing obscene material to minors.

The 42-year-old taught at Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville, but resigned.  She was accused of having sexual encounters with two 17-year-old male student aides who were seniors at the school in 2010.

Her attorney Brian Butler says Hirchert immediately took responsibility for her actions and attended counseling to work through why she committed those crimes.  Butler says, "They also took into account the victim's statements. They did not want this to be any more public than it's already been."

As part of the plea deal, the recommended sentence is seven years, with a probation period of five years. If she commits a crime within five years, she would have to go to jail for seven years.

Butler says, "I think everybody just wants to move on with their lives."  She's expected to be sentenced next month.

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