Ex-Mercer County teacher sentenced on sex charges

PRINCETON (AP) — A former Mercer County teacher has been sentenced to 30 to 40 years in prison on sex charges involving female students.

Media outlets report that 36-year-old Jonathan Edward Kirk was sentenced Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court. He will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Kirk had pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexual abuse by a guardian or custodian and other charges.

Mercer County chief assistant prosecutor George Sitler says all seven victims were juveniles.

Kirk formerly was a teacher and coach at PikeView High School. He resigned after the investigation.

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