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Former Pennsylvania teacher facing sex crime charges

Sex crimes charges can have a significant, long-term impact on a person's life. This is particularly true if the person charged is a teacher.

One 33-year-old former teacher at the Mercersburg Academy, a private boarding school, has pleaded guilty to charges of corruption of a minor and criminal attempt to commit indecent assault. The charges have been amended to having sexual contact with a student and corruption of a minor. The former teacher has confessed to sexting with a student who was under 18. The girl was 17 when she talked with police earlier this year.

The sexting, according to the defendant, occurred between November 2013 and January 2015. That was when the girl reportedly decided to end the communication with the teacher. According to law enforcement, who searched the contents of both the student and the teacher's phones, the defendant admitted to receiving and sending nude photos.

Whether the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Assessment Board requires the former teacher to register as a sex offender remains to be seen. The assistant district attorney is asking that the man be placed on the registry for 15 years and that he be placed on supervised probation. He could, however, be placed on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life. The former teacher is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Anyone who finds him or herself charged with a sexually-based offense needs to take the charges seriously. A Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney can help protect your rights and work to help mitigate the impact of the charges on your life and your future.

Source: Herald-Mail Media, "Ex-Pa. academy teacher pleads guilty in student 'sexting' case," Don Aines, Dec. 07, 2015

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