On Monday, a former long-term substitute teacher in central Pennsylvania, Michael S. Zack, was sentenced in a felony case after it was discovered that he had been sexting students. Although Zack, who was 24 when the crimes took place, isn’t the first teacher to be caught sending sexually graphic text messages to students; the number of messages he sent to the four teenaged girls is staggering: 4,300 between March 15 to October 30, 2011. Yahoo reports that while not all of these texts were “sexually graphic in nature” many of them were.
This guy needs another hobby, one that will keep him out of trouble.
After pleading guilty to the felony charge of unlawful contact with a minor and the misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, Zack, who had no prior convictions, was sentenced to “three years of intermediate punishment (including six months of house arrest) and two years of probation”. He was also ordered to stay away from underaged females.
As reported by Newsitem.com, a somewhat heated moment in the trial came when a defensive Zack seemed to be arguing with the judge in the case, Judge Robert B. Sacavage, who responded with apparent irritation: “Are you trying to tell me this is normal activity for a 24-year-old school teacher?”
Zack replied, “No, Your Honor.”
It’s never a good idea to argue with the judge. Anyone who’s seen Judge Judy knows that.
Zack, who denies being the “aggressor” in the crime, was not deemed to be a sexual violent predator, but must register his address and employment with state police for 15 years.
It is worth noting that Zack happens to be the nephew of the local school district’s superintendent.
One of the most disturbing things about the outcome of this case is that fact that Zack’s teaching license was only suspended instead of being taken away permanently. Who would be comfortable with a person who has admittedly sexted students, teaching kids in the future?