HOLLY, Mich. (FOX 2) – A teacher who resigned from Holly High School last year is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student he taught a decade ago.
Brian Charles Pearson, 44, was convicted Friday of four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a student. He was granted a personal bond of $5,000.
The Holly Area School District and police were contacted by a former student in May 2022 about alleged sexual abuse that occurred between 2012 and 2014. The victim told police that Pearson recommended that the student teach her to improve her performance. her and gave her his mobile number.
The victim reported that after a few months the teacher’s texts and conversations became sexual in nature. The teacher then initiated physical intercourse, police said.
The district conducted an investigation, submitted its findings to police and the Michigan Department of Education, including the state superintendent, and requested that the state revoke Pearson’s teaching certification.
Pearson resigned during the initial stages of the investigation.
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The school district said its investigation found no other possible victims.
“Educators in Michigan take an oath and commit to a set of educational ethics, including an obligation to treat students with dignity and respect, including their health, safety and well-being. I want our families to know that this incident unfortunately does not reflect the values of our school community or our dedicated staff who behave ethically, responsibly and in accordance with their oath and school policies,” Holly Superintendent Scott Roper said in a letter to parents.