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Ex-Teacher Sentenced in Online Sex Solicitation Case

Posted October 5, 2007 2:33 p.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2007 9:51 p.m. EDT

— A former Chapel Hill teacher was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison for soliciting a teen over the Internet.

David Campbell Jones, 47, of 113 Hampton Court in Chapel Hill, pleaded guilty in May to a federal charge of enticement of a minor. He also was fined $25,000 and must serve 25 years on supervised release after he gets out of prison.

Jones resigned as a science teacher and football coach at Guy B. Phillips Middle School in August 2006 after he was arrested on charges of solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act. He also was charged with 20 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Police said Jones, who also was an assistant Boy Scout troop leader, attempted to meet up with a 15-year-old boy after soliciting the teen online. When he was arrested, Jones was carrying condoms, personal lubricant and a digital camera, according to a search warrant.

Investigators seized several computers after Jones was arrested and found thousands of videos and photos of young children engaged in sex acts.

That evidence later led to an indictment on federal charges of child pornography and trying to engage in sexual activity with a minor.