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A former choral teacher for Columbus city schools has been found guilty of a sex crime.

Posted: May. 24, 2018 7:23 PM
Updated: May. 25, 2018 6:17 PM

Update 05/25/18 12:32 p.m. - Michael Jackson will spend seven years in prison. On Friday, he was sentenced to 12 years, but the court suspended five of those years.

He will also have to pay a $5,000 fine.

His attorney says they will request a retrial.

He will have to register as a sex offender.

See the original post below.

COLUMBUS, Miss.  (WTVA) -- A former choral teacher for Columbus city schools has been found guilty of a sex crime.

Michael Jackson was on trial this week for one count of enticement of a child to meet for lustful purposes.

Columbus police arrested Jackson at his home back in February 2014.

Jackson was the school district's public information officer and taught for Columbus High School and Columbus Middle School.

The victim was a 17-year-old male student at Columbus High.  Prosecutors say Jackson contacted the teen by text messaging and social media.

District Attorney Scott Colom says a jury returned a guilty verdict against Jackson late Thursday evening.

Jackson's sentencing will be held Friday morning at the Lowndes County Circuit Court.

He faces 5 to 40 years in prison.

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