Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Ex-teacher jailed for sexual Net messages

        A former junior high school teacher was sentenced to six months in jail Monday for sending sexually explicit messages via the Internet to some of his female students.

        Johnathan Barber, 29, pleaded guilty last month to 20 charges related to contact he had with seven students, ages 12 to 15. Mr. Barber, then a teacher at Princeton Junior High, is a former winner of “teacher of the year” honors at the school.

        He was sentenced in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court by Judge Patrick Dinkelacker. As part of the sentence, he was required to give up his license to teach and to stay off the Internet for one year.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Barber, an English teacher, first corresponded with the girls during online tutoring sessions and then began to discuss sex.

        They say the Finneytown man asked questions about the girls' sexual activity and, in one case, e-mailed a photograph of himself in the nude.


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