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Ex-teacher at Bible Baptist arrested on child sex abuse charges

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SHIREMANSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

A former teacher at Bible Baptist School in Shiremanstown has been arrested on 25 counts of child sexual abuse.

The charges filed Wednesday against 57-year-old William Jackson, of New Cumberland, include 18 third-degree felony counts; including three counts each of intercourse or sexual contact with a student and indecent assault of person less than 13 years old.

Jackson, a former music teacher, also faces five counts of corruption of minors and seven counts of unlawful contact with a minor.

He was sent to the Cumberland County Prison this morning on $150,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for September 26.

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed and Shiremanstown police have scheduled a press conference for 4 p.m. to discuss the investigation.

Search warrants filed last week indicated Jackson is accused of fondling and sending inappropriate text messages and emails to boys at the school. He was fired from his position last week.

In a statement issued Wednesday, school spokesman Erik Wiedman said, "our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the alleged victims of Mr. Jackson and their families. We are steadfast in our resolve to provide a safe school environment for every one of out students."

"We continue to cooperate with law enforcement in their investigation and in providing support and assistance to the alleged victims and their families," he said.

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