Posted on Aug 11, 2015
Jacob M. Burns, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of disseminating material harmful to a juvenile, admitting that he received a Snapchatted nude photo from one of his Newark High School students, and in turn, sent her a nude photo as well. Authorities did not release the girl’s age.

Burns was in his third year as an English teacher and assistant football coach at Newark. He was suspended on March 3 and resigned on March 26.

A Newark High School administrator contacted police after a school investigation determined that Burns had been texting and Snapchatting with a student. When questioned, Burns admitted to sending and receiving nude images as well as “discussing engaging in sexual conduct.”

Licking County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Marcelain sentenced Burns to 20 days in jail, in addition to three years of community control and a fine of $500 for the fifth-degree felony, which carried no requirement that Burns register as a sexual offender.

His lawyer, Kristin Burkett, had asked that her client receive no jail time, and neither the defense nor the victim, through a statement read by Assistant Prosecutor Paula Sawyers, opposed that recommendation.

“The case involved two Snapchat photos,” Burkett said. “He recognized that the communication had become inappropriate and stopped it on his own. He cooperated with the school and the police. He’ll never be able to teach again or have his record expunged. But he’s a teacher, and they deal harshly with teachers in Licking County.”

The incident also apparently cost Burns his marriage. A dissolution, without children, was finalized between Burns and his former wife in May.


Adam Lee Nemann
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Trial and Defense Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law at Capital University, founder of Nemann Law Offices

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