Northern Tier teacher pleads guilty to student sex abuse
BRADFORD COUNTY, PA (WENY) -- A Northern Tier performing arts teacher pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting students. According to our media partner, the Star Gazette, Justin Shaw pleaded guilty to two counts of institutional sexual assault.
Shaw served as the drama director for both the Sayre & Athens school districts, he's also the director and founder of "Justin P. Shaw Academy of The Performing Arts" in Athens.
He was arrested back in June. According to the criminal complaint obtained by WENY News, police interviewed four victims.
Police say the first victim, who was 17 at the time, told authorities that on multiple occasions Shaw would make lewd remarks and try to kiss him. The victim reportedly said he would stay overnight at Shaw's home on numerous occasions, as well as the Academy of Performing Arts.
Additionally, the victim said there were several times Shaw would threaten suicide if the victim did not stay the night with him.
The victim also reportedly told police Shaw made him list Shaw as his godfather, so he could sign him out of school. Police say it was confirmed by school officials that Shaw did sign the victim out on more than one occasion.
The second victim reportedly told police that between December 2017 and May 2018, there were multiple times that she stayed the night at the performing arts building. During this time, she told police Shaw made lewd comments directed towards her. She was 16 at the time.
Now that Shaw has pleaded guilty -- he will be required to register as a sex offender.
He's due back in court on December 5th for sentencing.