A high school gym teacher has been accused of having sex with a student in his car and then offering her money and drugs to keep quiet about the interactions.
According to The Daily Journal, 33-year-old William Jacobs of Buena Regional High School was charged in a suit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Camden, New Jersey on behalf of Suzann Anderson and her 17-year-old daughter, identified as M.D.
The suit claims widespread negligence by Jacobs, the Buena Regional Board of Education and other district employees in protecting M.D.
The suit alleges these defendants “failed to take steps … and follow generally accepted measures to implement procedures to eliminate the danger of sexual abuse by teachers against students."
Jacobs was the student's physical education teacher in September 2016 (her junior year). He was the assistant wrestling coach while M.D. was an assistant trainer.
In October 2016, Jacobs and the girl allegedly shared direct messages on Twitter. That's when he's said to have asked her to meet him in the parking lot of a bar. In his car, he's alleged to have kissed M.D., placed the teen’s hand on his genitals and engaged in oral sex.
The lawsuit alleges several other interactions, including him requesting oral sex on school grounds and attempting to kiss her at her part-time job.
M.D. was questioned by authorities on February 7, 2017 based upon a tip by a graduate from the school.
M.D. denied anything occurred—out of fear for her grades—but a day later, she revealed her story. On February 10, M.D. said that Jacobs warned her not not to tell authorities anything. He apparently told her to "keep denying it, keep denying it" and then offered her money and marijuana to keep quiet.
Jacobs was suspended without pay on February 10.
The lawsuit says that M.D. was harassed so much due to the charges, she was forced to be home schooled, missing senior events like prom and graduation.
[Photo: NJ State Police, Buena Regional High School]