Pervert male teacher ‘walked around shirtless, touched boys’ groins and performed sex act with pupil’ – The Sun

A PERVERT teacher accused of walking around shirtless, twerking on kids, groping boys' groins and telling a girl she could be a "porn star" has been spared jail.

Jonathan Cronin, 30, was charged with child abuse and performing sex acts with a teenage pupil at Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas.

The former special needs teacher and wrestling coach was arrested last year after cops gathered reports from several students – including at least one with learning difficulties.

Boys said he showed them pictures of naked women, and touched their genitals either in class or during wrestling practice.

Girls claimed he slapped them on the butt and made lewd comments about sex.

He was charged with two counts of child abuse, five counts of a sex act between a school employee and a student aged 16 or 17, and five of open and gross lewdness with a child under 18.

Cronin admitted to cops he sometimes danced in class and tapped youngsters on the lower back "as a good job thing", but denied touching anyone's groin.

This week he was given a suspended sentence of three to eight years after pleading guilty to one count of child abuse, neglect or endangerment.

He must also register as a sex offender and is banned from contact with children as part of the plea deal agreed with prosecutors in February, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

His arrest report last April described his classroom in "disarray".

The police investigation followed a school probe into allegations dating back to 2017.

Students said he regularly took off his shirt in class and that he "twerked" on them, according to the arrest report.

He was said to have discussed sex with girls in his class and told one she "could be a porn star".

Boys said he showed them obscene pictures on his phone, acted out "how to have sex" and told one to "dance like a male stripper".

After he was removed from the school last April, he phoned one girl saying he "knew she had told on him" and would “get someone to beat her up,” the police report said.

He is also said to have told pupils he would "ski mask" or beat up the school's assistant principal Marbella Alfonzo, reported the Las Vegas Review Journal last year.

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