ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A substitute Montgomery County teacher has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor and third-degree sex offense.

Fifty-year-old Jose Pineda of Gaithersburg pleaded guilty Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Prosecutors dropped four other charges of sexual abuse and sex offense.

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Pineda was arrested in October after police say three 12-year-old girls reported being abused at Roberto Clemente and Ridgeview middle schools.

A spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office says Pineda faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced May 29.

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Pineda also will face being forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and deportation back to his native Honduras.

According to reports, Pineda is a married father of three and has been in the U.S. for 25 years.

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