County & State: Licking County, Ohio
Name of Teacher / Perpetrator: Jacob M. Burns
Age of Teacher: 26
Month/Year of Arrest: March 2015
Month/Year of Sentencing: August 2015
News Source: Dispatch.com
Jacob M. Burns, 26, a teacher at Newark High School, was indicted by a Licking County grand jury on felony counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials and disseminating materials harmful to a juvenile. According to a police report, the administrator of Burns’ school contacted police after an internal investigation determined Burns had been texting and messaging via the social networking app “snapchat” with a student multiple times a day and sometimes in the middle of the night. The student/victim had deleted the texts and disguised Burns’ name in her cell phone. Burns was suspended from his teaching job on March 3rd and resigned on March 26th. On August 11th, he pleaded guilty to exchanging nude images with an underage female student. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail, three years of community control, and a fine of $500 for the fifth-degree felony. Burns will not be required to register as a sexual offender.