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Music teacher under investigation for possible child sexual abuse

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A Cumberland County music teacher is under investigation for possible child sexual abuse of at least two students, abc27 News has learned.

Bill Jackson, 57, of New Cumberland, was fired from his job at Bible Baptist School in Shiremanstown on Monday. He had worked as a teacher and choir director since 2005, according to a school spokesman.

In a search warrant executed by Cumberland County detectives Saturday morning at Jackson's home, the parents of a 17-year-old boy showed police 19 pages of emails, texts and instant messages between Jackson and their son. Investigators said the exchanges exhibited "grooming behavior in language."

In an email dated August 30, 2012, Jackson allegedly wrote: "Hey Sunshine. Don't know where you are, but I'm free ... just taught my last lesson now."

On August 31: "Wow, thank you (victim's name). You made my entire year. Oh, I do love you buddy. Yes, I am so looking forward to our days together. I'll always be there for you buddy."

On September 2: "Can't wait to see you in those boxers!!! :):) Wwowsers!!!"

In an undated message, Jackson allegedly asked the teen: "You will delete this whole thing...?"

The boy told police that Jackson fondled him in a music room at the school two years ago. He said Jackson was known to give massages to students when he was alone with them at school.

In the same warrant, police said they are investigating another teenage student who felt "uncomfortable" when Jackson hugged him.

No charges have been filed, but authorities told abc27 the investigation is on-going and they plan to interview other students at the school over the next several days.

School spokesperson Erik Wiedman issued the following statement Tuesday evening:

"As advocates for children and their education, the BBS community is deeply saddened that a former employee is under investigation by the Cumberland County district attorney and the Shiremanstown police department. Our first thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement."

When reached for comment Tuesday evening, Jackson told abc27 he was not ready to comment because he is still in the process of obtaining legal counsel.

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