Ga. teacher with HIV charged with molestation

Indictment names former Teacher of the Year nominee

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 10:30 AM
Last updated 7:33 PM
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ATLANTA — A south Georgia elementary school teacher accused of engaging in sex acts with a teen while knowing he was HIV-positive has been indicted by a grand jury.

A five-count indictment filed Wednesday charges Phillip Marquis Burns, 29, with child molestation, aggravated child molestation, reckless conduct, child enticement and criminal solicitation.

Burns is accused of masturbating and having oral sex with a 16-year-old boy and asking another boy to send him explicit pictures of himself, the indictment says. The former teacher is accused of having sexual contact with the teen in May of 2012, and is charged with reckless conduct because investigators say the man knew he was HIV positive.

A person engaging in intercourse or oral sex with someone while knowingly failing to disclose a positive HIV status is punishable by up to 10 years in prison under Georgia law.

Burns left the district before he was arrested and relocated to Columbus, Ga., Dougherty County schools spokesman R.D. Harter said.

Burns worked for the school district from July 2008 until September 2012 and was employed at Lamar Reese Magnet School, Harter said. He added that none of the victims were associated with the school where he worked.

In 2012, the school nominated Burns as a teacher of the year, Harter said.

“I’m proud of our police department for conducting the investigation and taking someone out of the classroom who shouldn’t have been there,” he said.

Burns is being represented by Willie C. Weaver — who also serves as a City of Albany Municipal Court judge, Dougherty County court clerk officials said Thursday afternoon.

Weaver didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment, and numbers listed for Burns were out of service.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/11/13 - 11:21 am

Let's do some imagining. The man goes to trial in Dougherty County superior court, represented by City of Albany Municipal Court judge Willie Weaver. Now, if the jury finds the man guilty, those jurors had better mind their P’s and Q’s when they are in Albany. If a juror has to stand before Judge Weaver for a parking ticket or traffic violation, he will throw the book at the juror.

rmwhitley 10/11/13 - 04:00 pm

a fine, upstanding member of the unionized NEA.

JustLilMe 10/11/13 - 04:05 pm
Why does the writing of this

Why does the writing of this article leave me scratching my head from the onset wondering WHERE this took place? Which county? Which city or town? At the end of the story is mention of Dougherty County- shouldn't that have been more prominent to the introduction of this story? Who, what, where, why, how... and all that jazz.

ragingbull 10/11/13 - 04:29 pm
JustLilMe- Sounds like we

JustLilMe- Sounds like we went to school in the same era.Who, what, when, where, how, and why is what they taught us way back then. Looks like that is not being taught today.

oldredneckman96 10/11/13 - 08:26 pm
Gays and Aids

When aids was first identified in this country we made on mistake. We allowed it to become political. Instead of treating it like the deadly, communicable disease it was we protected those with it and prohibited the medical community from stopping the spread of it. Those found to have aids could not be removed from the general public, unlike a person with an active TB case. Because we allowed gays to become a protected species, this disease has spread across the county to include everyone from drug addicts to innocent victims of rape. Now we have allowed a gay teacher to rape a young student and most likely spread this disease on further. When the gay community marches for “gay pride” think about just how proud this must make their parents.

carcraft 10/12/13 - 06:23 am
Great Comment Oldredneckman96

Read the book "And the Band Played On". It is a great history of the aids epidemic and was written by a gay man. Then read Masters and Johnson's "Crises, Heterosexual Behavior in the Age of Aids" . Masters and Johnson took a lot of heat but what they said was pretty much true. They did a lot of research on sexual dysfunction. Not being politically correct they were marginalized in the press. It didn't seem to matter that they did a bunch of ground breaking sexual research and one of the area was those who were sexual irresponsible. One interesting fact was that 10% of the population were responsible for 90% of the sexually transmitted diseases. This teacher is one of the sexually irresponsible. Old classic public health investigation into AIDS would have helped prevent it's rapid spread once the disease was identified.

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