A Georgia teacher who was once nominated by his school for teacher of the year has been indicted by a grand jury, charged with molesting a teenage boy while knowing he was HIV-positive.
Phillip Marquis Burns, 29, was charged earlier this week with child molestation, aggravated child molestation, reckless conduct, child enticement and criminal solicitation, the Associated Press reported.
The teacher allegedly knew he was HIV-positive when he had oral sex with a 16-year-old boy in May 2012, AP reports, citing the indictment.
Burns was a teacher at Lamar Reese Magnet School in Albany, Ga., and was nominated for teacher of the year in 2012, Dougherty County schools spokesman R.D. Harter told the AP.
The teacher was not an employee of the school district when he was arrested in November 2012.
"I'm proud of our police department for conducting the investigation and taking someone out of the classroom who shouldn't have been there," Harter said.
Burns left Lamar Reese for Wesley Heights Elementary School, where he lasted only a month before being arrested, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Burns was an academic coach at the school.
Aside from the sex allegations against Burns, he was also accused of asking another boy to send him explicit photos.
Burns came under investigation when a parent worried about text messages between the teacher and a teen, the police chief of the Dougherty County School System told the Ledger-Enquirer.
Harter said the alleged victim was not one of Burns’ students.