Butler County teacher faces felony charges of soliciting sex from students

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Since 2009, a high school English teacher in Butler County has inappropriately touched and communicated with five female students, state police said.

Jonathan M. Crum, 26, of Slippery Rock faces 26 criminal charges and is being held in the Butler County Prison.

State police wrote in a criminal complaint filed today that on various occasions, Mr. Crum, a Moniteau High School teacher, would grab female students' backsides and breasts, or rub their inner thighs and genitals through their pants.

A student performed oral sex on Mr. Crum at least five times, some of those instances during her lunch period or after school, police said. Twice, Mr. Crum told the student to take topless photos of herself, police said.

He told another student, both in person and via text message, he wanted to have sex with her in his classroom immediately after her graduation ceremony, police said.

Mr. Crum counted down the days until another girl would turn 18, police said. She told police that during his class once, he texted her and said "I want to bend you over my desk."

Mr. Crum faces 14 felony counts of intercourse or sexual conduct with a student; five felony counts of corruption of minors, defendant age 18 or above; two felony counts each of child pornography and criminal solicitation of child pornography; and three misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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