James Walter Myrick, 28, was sentenced to 100 days in jail and three years probation after he pleaded guilty to five of seven counts in a sex abuse case that involved two students at West Albany High School, reports the Democrat Herald.

After a six-month investigation into reports he was trying to convince 17-year-old girls to have sex with him, Myrick, a teacher at the high school at the time, was arrested.  

Further investigation revealed he in fact had relations with two underage girls.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, third-degree attempted sexual abuse, and two counts of first-degree official misconduct, meaning he’d used his status as a teacher to take advantage of the girls.

During the sentencing, County prosecutor Jonathon Crow described a 360-page report that shows a pattern of behavior that involved trading good grades for favors.

Alongside his jail sentence, Myrick was also ordered to register as a sex offender, is prohibited from maintaining any social media accounts, and must pay each victim $1,000 in reparations.

Myrick used his position of power and took advantage of the trust that was instilled in him to abuse these students.  Parents need to stay vigilant in order to protect their children.