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Ogemaw County Middle School Teacher Accused of Sex Crimes Against Student

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A middle school teacher was charged today for 3 counts of criminal sexual conduct with a student.

The prosecutors office says, Neal Erickson of West Branch, committed the sex crimes against the male student between August of 2006 and August 2009.

Police uncovered the case while they were looking into a child pornography claim.

Erickson was put on leave from the West-Branch Rose City School District once they found out about the investigation.

Erickson was a teacher at the Rose City Middle School.

He is accused of first degree criminal sexual conduct involving a student.

If convicted with the crimes, he could face up to life in prison.

He is also facing charges that include 1 count of distributing sexually explicit materials, 1 count of possession of child porn and using a computer to commit a crime.

Bond was set at $100,000 and his pre-preliminary exam is set for December 19th and his preliminary exam for January 15th.

Special bond conditions were also set: no contact with any minor under the age of 18 without adult supervision, can not be within 500 feet of parks, can not be within 1000 feet of a school.

If released on bond, Erickson must reside in a home without alcohol or pornographic materials.

9&10 News reporter Kyle Mitchell and photojournalist Joel Deaner have more details on the reaction of the school.