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Marshall teacher held on $100,000 bond in CSC case; investigation turns to other victims

Jason Bushong, 33, appeared in Calhoun County Court on Thursday, charged with four sexual assault felonies.

The prosecutor handling criminal charges against a Marshall High School teacher accused of having an improper relationship with one of his students said Thursday that the teacher might have approached other teenage girls.

Jason Bushong, 33, appeared in Calhoun County Court on Thursday, charged with four sexual assault felonies. He is being held on a $100,000 cash surety bond at the Calhoun County Jail. The charges include one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is punishable by up to life in prison.

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert argued that Bushong is a danger to the community, claiming he has approached other teenage students in the past and since his arrest has tried to contact the 16-year-old he's accused of having a sexual relationship with. A teacher and baseball coach at the high school, Bushong was arrested this week.

"The allegations have to do with him preying on a student in his school who is 15 and 16 years of age," Gilbert said.

Bushong's defense attorney, Aaron Bartell argued during the bond hearing that his client has no criminal history and two young children.

But Gilbert accused the teacher of taking advantage of youth under his authority.

"He's a danger to society," Gilbert said. "He's preying on youth and he's in a position of authority where he's taking advantage of youth."

Investigators said the teen's mother found her daughter in a car with the girl's 33-year-old teacher near his Bedford Township home and called police.

Bushong was charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, and three counts of CSC in the third degree. Prosecutors said the CSC first-degree charge is because the victim was 15 at the time. The less serous charges stem from sexual assault allegations that occurred after victim turned 16.

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