PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A suspended high school English teacher is now facing criminal charges.

He’s accused of sexually assaulting several girls.

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Jonathan Crum, 28, an English teacher at Moniteau High School is in the Butler County Jail facing 26 different counts of sexual misconduct involving students at the school.

“A lot of the sexual abuse includes asking the children under 18 for indecent photographs and there was some indecent contact as well,” a police officer said.

State Police say the contacts started back as early as September of 2009. They happened in school and included physical touching, sexual pictures and other contacts, with at least five girls — all underage at the time.

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“As far as our investigation has led, the crimes all happened on Moniteau property some inside the classroom,” the officer said.

The school district released a statement Monday addressing the investigation.

“The Moniteau school district has been and will continue to fully cooperate with this investigation.”

Crum is being held on $100,000 bond and could have a preliminary hearing as early as next week.

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Lynne Hayes-Freeland