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UPDATE: Former ROTC Instructor to Spend Weekends in Jail for Sex Abuse

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

UPDATE 3/13/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former Kanawha County Junior ROTC instructor convicted of having a sexual relationship with a student will serve 52 weekends in jail.

Forty-four-year-old Martin Dale Kirby also will spend five years on supervised probation and must register as a sex offender.

The Associated Press reports that Kirby was sentenced Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

He had entered a Kennedy plea to sexual abuse by a person of trust in January. Under the Kennedy rule, a defendant doesn't admit guilt.

Kirby was hired as a Junior ROTC instructor at George Washington High School in 2010. Prosecutors say he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student in September 2010.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/23/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Junior ROTC instructor at a Kanawha County high school has admitting to having a sexual relationship with a student.

Martin Kirby pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

He was an instructor at George Washington High School.

The Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office says the victim was a 17-year-old student.

Investigators say the abuse happened in Kirby's office at the school and that he admitted that he had sex with the girl several times in September 2010.

Kirby faces 10-20 years behind bars when he is sentenced.

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