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A Texas orchestra instructor who pled guilty to inappropriately touching and sending graphic emails to a student will spend a decade behind bars, prosecutors announced this week.
Marc Allison, 50, who preyed on the eighth-grade student, was handed a 10-year prison sentence, Rockwall County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. He was sentenced by a Texas judge on July 8.
The former educator was arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor, indecency with a child, sexual contact, and improper relationship between educator and student in October 2019, according to online jail records. He pleaded guilty following a grand jury indictment.
"Bad people can hide in plain sight," Rockwall County District Attorney Kenda Culpepper said in a statement, according to KXAS-TV. "Please take an opportunity to sit your children down and talk about inappropriate behavior. Make sure they know they can always talk to a trusted adult if they are made to feel uncomfortable in any situation — even at school."
Prosecutors said the victim’s family was in favor of the plea agreement the district attorney’s office struck with Allison.
The sexually inappropriate communication occurred while Allison was employed as a teacher at Cain Middle School in Heath, Texas. Allison was also accused of inappropriately touching the girl, who has not been unnamed by the court, while giving her a hug in a school classroom and also bought her a sex toy. The Rockwall County District Attorney’s Office also said the teacher brought syringes to school to “draw and drink her blood.”
The unidentified student victim later reported her abuse to a school resource officer, who tipped off investigators. School officials later notified parents about the accusations against Allison. He was later put on administrative leave and barred from the school district’s campuses, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“Marc Allison used his position as an educator to commit the ultimate violation of trust, and this child showed great courage by disclosing the abuse,” Rockwall County Assistant District Attorney Justin Almand said, according to KTVT.
Allison taught orchestra at Cain Middle School until his 2019 arrest.
Rockwall County Independent School District officials didn’t respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment surrounding the former teacher’s sentencing this week.
Allison was also slapped with 10 years of probation for each of the indecency with a child and improper relationship charges, which will begin upon his release, per the plea agreement. He could be imprisoned for an additional 20 years if he violates his probationary terms, prosecutors said.
Allison must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Allison’s defense attorney, J. Michael Price II, wasn’t immediately available for comment on Thursday regarding his client’s sentence.
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