A former color guard instructor at an Owensboro high school will be sentenced to five years in prison after having been accused of sexually abusing several male and female students over three years.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1qbiqPb ) reports 28-year-old Justin T. Graham, a former instructor at Apollo High School, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of felony first-degree sexual abuse and five amended counts of felony second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

Graham was indicted in June on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The indictment says the abuse occurred between 2011 and 2014.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Van Meter says there were initially five victims in the case, but one of the victims dropped out of the case.

Graham will be formally sentenced July 18.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com