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A former Montgomery County social studies teacher has agreed to plead guilty to sexually abusing a former student, according to records filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Richard B. Shemer, 50, of Potomac is scheduled to make the plea before a judge on March 20, court documents show.

Shemer had taught at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington since 2010 and had worked for Montgomery County Public Schools since 2002, a school district spokesman told The Gazette in October.

Shemer is no longer employed by MCPS, spokesman Dana Tofig told The Gazette in an email.

Shemer was arrested Oct. 2, after a student’s mother discovered an email exchange between him and her daughter.

Shemer developed a “close relationship” with the girl during the school year, according to court records. They communicated via email, with Shemer using both his school and personal email accounts to correspond with her. He asked the girl to send him a graphic photo.

He was released after posting $125,000 bond.

Shemer entered an initial plea of not guilty in November.

In court papers signed Jan. 23, Assistant State’s Attorney Timothy Hagan and Shemer’s attorney Barry Helfand said they reached a deal in which Shemer would plead guilty to the charge of sexually abusing a minor.

As part of the deal, his attorneys are asking the court to cap Shemer’s prison sentence at five years, with five years supervised probation upon his release.

Shemer also would have to register as a sex offender and would be prohibited from unsupervised contact with minors, according to the agreement.

An attorney for Shemer did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday afternoon.