Former Evans Middle School Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sex Abuse Case

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A former Evans Middle School teacher has pleaded guilty to a sexual abuse case from 2018.

According to court records filed last week, Zachary Barr, 40, entered a guilty plea to the charges of enticing a child under 16, sexual exploitation of a school employee, and dissemination of obscene material to a minor.

Prosecutors have agreed to drop the charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and the second count of dissemination of obscene material to a minor.

Barr was a sixth-grade teacher in 2018 when authorities say the mother of a 13-year-old girl, who was a former student of Barr’s, said her daughter received illicit messages sent by Barr via social media.

As part of the investigation, officers took control of the girl’s social media accounts. Their conversations with Barr became overtly sexual, prompting his arrest.

According to his attorney, Barr will be seeking probation. The outlined sentencing details include 11 years of probation and a suspended prison sentence. Additionally, Barr must register as a sex offender. Prosecutors will not resist the potential sentence laid out by Barr’s attorney Matthew Boles.

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