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Former Hedgesville High School teacher convicted

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.

A former Hedgesville High School teacher faces more than a decade in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing a student at the school after a six-day trial.

A jury found 31-year-old Erin Thomas guilty of one count of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust.

He was found not guilty of four other counts of sexual abuse by person in a position of trust and not guilty of third-degree sexual assault.

A single count of second-degree sexual assault was dismissed by the prosecution prior to the trial.

Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory Jones tells The Herald Mail Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced August 21.

He faces not less than 10 nor more than 20 years in prison.

Thomas, who was placed on administrative leave without pay last summer, was terminated Sept. 30 by the Berkeley County Board of Education.

 

Erin S. Thomas

 





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