Shawn Day (Photo Courtesy: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)
Greensboro, NC-- A former Montgomery County high school guidance counselor is facing prison time for allegedly having sexual contact with a student.
Thursday, Shawn Ira Day, 29, formerly of Troy, pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement. Day entered the plea in US Middle District federal court in Greensboro. The charges carry a prison term of 10 years to life.
Us Attorney Ripley Rand said Day pleaded guilty to allegations that he used cell phone text messages to persuade, induce, coerce, and entice a minor student to engage in sexual activity. Day was a guidance counselor, assistant varsity football coach, and girls' soccer coach at West Montgomery High School.
Rand released this statement about plea: "Schools are places where children should be safe and free to learn and to pursue their dreams. It is a priority of the United States Department of Justice, a priority of this United States Attorney's Office, and a personal priority of mine to protect children from the kind of exploitation involved in this case," said U.S. Attorney Rand. "We intend to make sure that those who exploit children, especially those who abuse positions of trust in exploiting children, are punished accordingly."
Day will be sentenced on June 14, 2012, before United States District Judge William L. Osteen, Jr.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anand P. Ramaswamy. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.