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MAYS LANDING - A Folsom man, who worked as a teacher at Buena Regional High School, pleaded guilty to a pair of charges stemming from an inappropriate relationship he had with a 17-year-old female student, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced on Monday.
William J. Jacobs, 33, pleaded guilty to official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child after a New Jersey State Police investigation determined Jacobs met with the student on more than one occasion from November 2016 to January 2017 to engage in sexual relations.
Investigators found several hundred electronic communications between Jacobs and the student. According to the Prosecutor's Office, detectives alleged Jacobs became aware of the investigation and urged the victim not to cooperate with investigators.
Jacobs, who was released, is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 8 before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Blee.
Jacobs was hired as a physical education teacher on Sept. 1, 2011 and served as a paid assistant coach for football and wrestling in addition to being a spring weight room coach.
The status of Jacobs' $55,096 per year job was not immediately known Monday.
Jacobs was a three-sport athlete at Hammonton High School, where he competed in football, wrestling and baseball. Jacobs won a District 30 wrestling title at 160 pounds in 2003.
Jacobs then went to Rowan University, where he played linebacker for the Profs in 2006 and 2007.
He also spent time as an assistant wrestling coach for Hammonton and an assistant linebackers coach at Rowan before joining Buena's coaching staff.
Jacobs was taken into custody while in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February by the U.S. Marshals Service.
He was initially charged with official misconduct, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, tampering with a witness and obstruction.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (609) 909-7666.
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