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Ex-teacher at Bible Baptist accused of sexually abusing 7 boys

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NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) -

A former Bible Baptist School music teacher arrested on child sexual abuse charges is accused of fondling and inappropriately touching seven boys as young as 10 years old, according to court documents.

William Jackson, 57, of New Cumberland, was arraigned before a district judge Wednesday on 25 criminal counts, including 18 felony charges.

According to the criminal complaint, the parents of a 17-year-old boy approached school administrators on September 7 with approximately 19 pages of inappropriate text messages, instant messages, and emails between Jackson and their son.

School officials confronted Jackson, who initially denied any inappropriate communication with the student. He later admitted to the messages but denied any sexual contact, documents state. He has since been fired.

The student told Cumberland County detectives that Jackson fondled him while his pants were down and sometimes gave him private massages while the two were alone together in the music room, according to the complaint.

Other boys reported that Jackson beginning in 2009 touched their groins over their clothing, kissed them on the cheek, massaged their buttocks, and spoke to them of masturbation and pornography during private music lessons and counseling sessions in the music room, documents state.

One teen told investigators that Jackson instructed him to pull down his pants and underwear and then hugged him, documents state.

Jackson faces three counts each of sexual contact with a student and indecent assault of person less than 13 years old, five counts of corruption of minors, and seven counts of unlawful contact with a minor.

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

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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