Teacher of the Year Candidate with HIV Accused of Using His Fraternity to Sleep with Children
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There are scary things that happen in life every single day, and then there are the flat out nightmares. The story of Philip Burns is a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks that a good education and a nice smile mean that danger can’t be nearby.
Burns was the former Teacher of the Year candidate at an elementary school in Dougherty County, GA, teaching third graders over a period of four years. This week, the teacher was indicted for child mοlestation, reckless conduct, criminal solicitation and a host of other very serious charges, according to WALB News 10.
The teacher worked at a magnet school during the years that the alleged crimes took place. He was considered a strong candidate for teacher of the year before the accusations surfaced. He isn’t accused of attempting to victimize any of the kids in his class, but after taking a job in Muscogee County,
the man was accused of targeting young junior league members of a fraternity. Police have not named the fraternity in question.
The Albany district attorney’s office says that the teacher used his role as a mentor as a way to get close to boys in an unhealthy and harmful way. Police were alerted of the teacher’s alleged actions by the parents of a 15-year old boy who was part of the group.
“There was a hideοus crime that had been committed. The possibility of several different incidents,” Dougherty County School Police Chief Troy Conley told WALB. “And although he had moved on, and was no longer here in Dougherty County, we did have information he was part of a school system in Muscogee County, Georgia.”
Burns had been previously arrested and charged with felony reckless conduct, during which time, his HIV positive status came to light. Police say that the man knew he was HIV positive when he slept with children.
“There is always the possibility that there may have been other victims out there. And hopefully if they are, they will develop the courage to come forward,” Conley told WALB. “We’re concerned about their well being and their health at this point.”
Anyone who has had contact with this man is being asked to call 229-431-1812.