Phillip Marquis Burns, a former educator, is accused of using his fraternity’s junior league program to have sex with teens.
Kappa Alpha Psi member Burns, 29, allegedly engaged in sex acts with members of the Kappa League. Investigators say Burns is HIV positive.
Burns was indicted by an Albany, GA grand jury on five counts of child molestation, aggravated child molestation, reckless conduct, child enticement and criminal solicitation, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Burns was a celebrated teacher who was a strong candidate for teacher of the year in 2012, according to the AP.
He was employed at Lamar Reese Magnet School in Albany, GA where he taught a third-grade elementary classroom from July 2008 until September 2012.
Burns left Lamar Reese for Wesley Height Elementary and taught at the school for a month before being arrested.
An investigation began after the mother of one of the alleged victims contacted authorities after seeing text messages shared between Burns and her son.
The indictment states Burns masturbated and had oral sex with a 16-year-old boy, according to the Huffington Post. He also had another 16-year-old text him explicit pictures of himself.
R.D. Harter, a spokesman for the Dougherty County school district, issued statement, saying, “I’m proud of our police department for conducting the investigation and taking someone out of the classroom who shouldn’t have been there.”
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