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Ex-teacher at Bible Baptist waives hearing in sex abuse case

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NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) -

A former Bible Baptist School music teacher has waived a preliminary hearing on charges he fondled and inappropriately touched seven boys as young as 10 years old.

The case against 57-year-old William Jackson, of New Cumberland, will now move to Cumberland County court, where he is scheduled for a formal arraignment December 27.

Jackson was arrested last month on 25 criminal counts, including 18 felony charges. He remains in the county prison on $150,000 cash bail.

According to charging documents, the parents of a 17-year-old boy approached school administrators 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.

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.

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