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Former Princeton teacher pleads guilty to assault

A former Princeton Public Schools teacher pleaded guilty to third-degree assault on Tuesday, according to Mille Lacs County District Court documents.

The charge stems from an incident at Princeton Primary School, where Kimberly Neubauer was seen on surveillance video forcefully tossing a hockey stick at an 8-year-old child in March. The boy's upper-right front baby tooth was knocked out, according to the criminal complaint.

Neubauer was put on unpaid administrative leave on April 8 before her employment was terminated on June 3, according to a statement issued by the district.

The Princeton School District and the boy’s family reached a settlement of $27,000 after a lawsuit was filed in September.

Neubauer’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23. She could face up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

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