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Teacher pleads guilty to improper messaging with students, placed on sex offender list

Staff Report • Feb 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Tennessean is reporting that a suspended Blackman High School teacher has pleaded guilty to sexual offense charges and will be placed on the state's sex offender list for four years.Jason Lancaster, 37, also won't be able to teach in grades K-12, but he will serve no jail time, Rutherford County Assistant District Attorney Laurel Hemenway said.Lancaster was accused of having improper sexual conduct through electronic communications with two female students. They communicated through social networking and instant messaging sites on the Internet and through text messages, according to court documents.Lancaster, a 15-year teacher in Rutherford County schools, pleaded to four of the 10 counts last week. His attorney, Derek Howard, termed the action a "best-interest guilty plea" to spare his family and the students a trial.In four years, Lancaster's record will be expunged.

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