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Ex-Mercer Co. teacher pleads guilty to sex charges

PRINCETON, W.Va. -- A former PikeView High School teacher faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex charges involving students.

Jonathan Kirk pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Mercer County Circuit Court to sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to a minor child.

Chief assistant prosecutor George Sitler tells media outlets that the plea agreement applies only to seven victims. He says there could be up to 12 victims. If other victims come forward, Sitler says Kirk would face additional charges.

Kirk is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 17.

The 35-year-old former physical education teacher and coach resigned after the investigation began. He was arrested in March.



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