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Ex-Mercer teacher pleads guilty to sex charges

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Mercer County teacher has pleaded guilty to sex charges involving students.

Media outlets report that 36-year-old Jonathan Edward Kirk of Walton pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree sexual abuse and distributing obscene materials to minors.

Kirk is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 25 in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Judge William Sadler had rejected an earlier plea agreement.

Kirk formerly was a teacher and coach at PikeView High School. He resigned after the investigation began. He was arrested in March 2013.

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