A full-time corrections officer with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office has been indicted by a county grand jury on 12 felony counts following alleged sexual battery involving a student at the Delaware Area Career Center's south campus.
The county prosecutor's office said Eric S. Jaynes, 31, of Sunbury is charged with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a second-degree felony; 10 counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies; and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a fifth-degree felony.
The alleged incidents occurred from Jan. 1 through May 18 this year.
The sheriff's office said Jaynes has been placed on administrative leave.
During a July 23 arraignment before county common pleas court Judge David Gromley, Jaynes entered a plea of not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.
A jury trial was scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 9. A final pretrial hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 12.
"The report came in as a possible sex offense involving a student at the Delaware Area Career Center, South Campus," Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said in a press release.
She said Jaynes is "a corrections officer who voluntarily served as a physical training instructor each week, conducting drills with law enforcement students."
In what the prosecutor's office called a communication to parents, career center Superintendent Mary Beth Freeman wrote, "Although we already have approximately 25 different student protection procedures in place, we're working as an organization to further strengthen our safeguards and do all we can to prevent something like this from happening again."