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Michael Andrew Alexander, 54, of Morganton.

MORGANTON, N.C. — A Burke County teacher accused last month in an international child pornography investigation was sentenced Thursday to 49 years and six months in prison.

Michael Andrew Alexander, 54, of Morganton, pleaded guilty to three counts each of a first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

Prosecutors dropped several counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.

Alexander taught in Burke County for 12 years, most recently at Hildebran Elementary School.

Authorities say Alexander was arrested after agents found images of young girls wearing “Hildebran” T-shirts during an investigation in Barcelona, Spain, by Interpol.

Authorities think the crimes occurred between 2001 and 2012.

Credit: The Associated Press.