According to the Department of Justice, a former Kansas teacher could spend up to 30 years in prison time after being found guilty of sexually abusing 80 children.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Jeffrey Pierce, a former teacher at Seaman High School, Topeka, Kansas, and a coach, persuaded children to send him explicit photos. He pretended to be a teenage girl on social media. Pierce will spend 30 years in prison and must pay $55,100 for special assessments. He also has to serve five years of supervision.
In a press release, Charles Dayoub, Special Agent in Charge, stated that Pierce, an educator, and coach used manipulation, deception, and threats to exploit the most vulnerable victims. He was also entrusted with protecting our children. “The investigation into his actions and today’s sentencing show the unwavering determination of law enforcement to seek justice to our most innocent victims as well as those who cannot defend themselves.”
After investigating the case, the FBI found thousands of sexually explicit photos and videos of minors on Pierce’s phone and electronic devices, according to the DOJ. Pierce targeted students within the school district and had screenshots on his phone of nude students in the two high schools within the district.
After being arrested, Pierce was fired in 2020. He then pled guilty in January 2022 to child pornography. A former teacher confessed to using Snapchat to target teenage boys as young as 14 years old.
The press release said that Pierce threatened to publish students’ nude photographs if they attempted to separate from him.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. In the press release, Polite, Jr. stated. “Today’s sentence is a testament to the unwavering commitment by our prosecutors, law enforcement partners, to stand up to victims and hold offenders responsible for their conduct.”
We did not receive a response from the DOJ immediately.