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Middle school teacher accused of sexual encounters with students sentenced to two years

May 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Middle school teacher accused of sexual encounters with students sentenced to two years

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A middle-school teacher has been sentenced to two years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to sending nude pictures to, and engaging in sexual acts with, multiple teenagers ranging from 13-18-years old – and claiming that it started when the boys blackmailed her.

Jaclyn McLaren, 36, who teaches middle school in Tweed, Ontario, was taken into custody after eight boys – six of whom were her students – went to police with the allegations, CBC News reported.

The court heard that the transgressions started after a male student discovered nude pictures of her while on her phone in class – reportedly leading to a blackmail plot that concluded with her sleeping with several students.

The boy showed the nude photos to his friends during her French class.

Ontario teacher Jaclyn McLaren (left) arrives at the Quinte Courthouse in Belleville, Ont., on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. McLaren is facing dozens of charges related to sex crimes against minors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

It was alleged that after McLaren, who is also known as Jaclyn Jones, asked him to give the phone to her, and one of the boys ordered to get more photos in exchange for their silence.

She confessed to sending topless pictures to one of the 13-year-old boys back in 2014 via Snapchat.

Another boy said he also received photos on Snapchat during the summer of 2014 when he was 14, but McLaren said those pictures were sent a year later.

McLaren acknowledged that she met both boys on a local trail, where she drank alcohol with them and took them to her car, where she “fondled and kissed” them.

She then performed oral sex on both teens.

A third student indicated that McLaren started sending naked pictures of herself to him when he was 15-years-old and that when he turned 18, the two had sex.

A fourth male showed authorities screenshots of McLaren’s breasts, with her face evident in the picture.

Six of McLaren’s victims were her students, from Tweed Elementary School (pictured) in Ontario. She said that it began when a student found her nudes on her phone

The fifth boy was not one of McLaren’s students and was 16 when she sent him pictures. She said she didn’t know his age but acknowledged that she didn’t try to find out how old he was.

The sixth teen was 15 when the teacher sent him a video of her caressing her breasts.

He and the seventh victim, who also received pictures of her, were both her students.

The last complainant, a 17-year-old, said that she sent him pictures of her breasts and a video of herself nude while performing a sexual act.

She was initially charged with 42 counts, but because many of them referred to the same crimes, and Canadian courts don’t allow someone to be found guilty twice of the same offense, they were reduced.

The Ontario teacher was accused of 36 sex crimes, making pornography involving youths aged 12 to 15

McLaren was convicted of sexual exploitation, luring, possession of child pornography, and making explicit material available to people under 18.

After she is released, she will serve two of probation, is banned from social media, and cannot be in contact with anyone under 18 on the internet.

She is not permitted to go near a playground or public areas where children are present for ten years after she is released.

Additionally, McLaren will also be required to register as a sex offender and has been ordered to undergo treatment.

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