Counselor charged in sex assault of student


First Posted: 1/15/2009

LAURINBURG - A Maxton man who worked as a guidance counselor at Scotland County High School has been charged with sexually assaulting a student.
Leon Jacobs, 47, of 1377 Hezekiah Road in the Prospect community of Robeson County, resigned his job at the school after he was arrested at the school on Thursday.
According to Laurinburg police Detective Audie Woodard, Jacobs is charged with two counts of felony sexual offense of a student. Woodard would not specify the nature of the alleged crime or say whether it is alleged to have occurred at the school or elsewhere. He did say the sexual assaults took place from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9.
Woodard said investigators searched the school Thursday and seized more than one computer from Jacobs' office. Woodard wouldn't say why the computers were seized or how many were taken.
The student Jacobs is accused of molesting is 16 years old. She is a 10th-grader at the high school.
Jacobs' was placed in the Scotland County jail under a $25,000 bond and was released after posting bail on Sunday.
Jacobs had worked as a guidance counselor at Scotland County High School in Laurinburg since 1989, according to the Scotland County schools Superintendent Shirley Prince.
Al Kahn, spokesman for the Robeson County School system, said he could not determine if Jacobs had ever worked in the public school system in Robeson County.

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