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Former teacher faces life in prison for sexual relationship with student

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BRANCH COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A former Quincy teacher is facing life in prison, accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

On Thursday Jason Ferrell was formally charged. He faces six criminal sexual conduct charges.

Investigators believe the inappropriate relationship began when the girl was just 15 years old.

Newschannel 3 was the only news media present as investigators searched Ferrell’s home late Wednesday, ultimately arrested the 43-year-old for a long list of sex crimes.

“Obviously it’s a disturbing turn of events and the charges are all the more troubling,” said Quincy Schools Superintendent Craig Artist.

Artist says Ferrell had been employed at the school for 20 years as a teacher and technology director.

Court documents show the victim had been in Ferrell’s drama class and in mid-August the relationship turned sexual.

The victim told investigators told investigators she performed oral sex on her teacher and he digitally penetrated her on at least 15 different occasions, including in a moving car.

“As a district superintendent you want to be vigilant about keeping our kids safe and protected and that’s important to me, that’s important to our community,” said Artist, “and when something like this happens, it’s kind of a dreadful thought.”

Court documents show investigators say Ferrell gave the girl a number of gifts following the sex acts and they found proof of the relationship in text messages between the two.

Artist says the district placed Ferrell on leave in January while investigating the claims, and that he resigned just a few hours later.

“We are just trying to come to grips with what happened,” said Artist.

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