Michigan teacher arraigned on criminal sexual conduct charges

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

West Branch, MI, United States (4E) – A male teacher at a middle school in West Branch, Michigan has been arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct Wednesday.

The Ogemaw County prosecutor said Neal Haviland Erickson, who taught science at Rose City Middle School for 16 years, has been accused of engaging in sexual acts with a male student aged between 13 and 16 years old.

The student was enrolled at the school where Erickson teach.

Parents told TV5 an automated call was sent by officials on Wednesday informing them about the investigation of sexual misconduct at the school.

Erickson is also facing other charges such as a count of distributing sexually explicit, visual or verbal material to a minor, a count of possessing child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.

Reports stated Erickson has posted a bond Wednesday.

According to Dan Cwayna, superintendent of West Branch-Rose City area schools, Erickson is on paid administrative leave since police started investigating him two weeks ago.

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