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UPDATE: Former Band Teacher Sentenced on Sexting Plea

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/19/13 @ 6 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former band director will not spend time in jail for sending inappropriate pictures to a student.

Last month, John Seals, 26, pleaded guilty to disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a fifth-degree felony.

Investigators said they found inappropriate photographs that Seals sent through text to a male student who was under the age of 18.

Tuesday, Seals was sentenced to two years of community control and 500 hours of community service. The judge then reduced the community service sentence to 60 hours and ordered Seals to get a job.

Seals was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

At the time of the crime, Seals was a band director for Gallia Academy Middle School.

Seals resigned during the investigation.



UPDATE 2/22/13
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former band director has admitted to sending inappropriate pictures to a student.

John Seals, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday to disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a 5th degree felony.

At the time of the crime, Seals was a band director for Gallia Academy Middle School.

Investigators said they found inappropriate photographs that Seals sent through text to a male student who was under the age of 18.

Seals resigned last year, during the investigation.

He will be sentenced next month.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/28/12
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former band director is facing charges after investigators say he sent inappropriate pictures to a student.

John Seals is charged with disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, which is a fifth-degree felony charge.

According to the indictment, the incident happened between December 2011 and January 2012. At the time, he was a band director for Gallia Academy Middle School.

Gallia County Sheriff Deputy Chad Wallace, who investigated the case, tells WSAZ.com that they were made aware that a teacher in the Gallipolis City School System had potentially been involved in inappropriate relations.

Wallace said they found evidence of inappropriate photographs that Seals had sent through text message to a male student, who was under 18.

Seals was taken into custody on September 24, but has since bonded out.

According to court documents, in an arraignment on September 26, Seals pleaded not guilty to the charge.

If convicted, Seals could face a year in prison.

School Officials say Seals is no longer an employee in the school system and that he resigned back in February.


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