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Myers was sentenced to 60 days in jail for each count, all concurrent and suspended. He was also ordered to pay a $200 fine and court costs of $84 for each count, a total of $852, which must be paid within 90 days.
Chief Deputy State's Attorney Robert O'Keefe said Myers had interaction with all three students in the past, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation later discovered additional photos sent to other students.
"If this had been two months later, there wouldn't have been any charges in respect to (two of) them," Papendick said.
Tyler Myers, 20, of Men Canada Goose Banff Parka Tan Singapore Office Ethan, appeared in court Thursday in Mitchell and pleaded guilty to three counts of disseminating harmful material to minors, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
wetlandsOUTDOORS CALENDARopinionHeadlinesPort: We need a "None of the above" option on our ballotsOUR OPINION: Kudos to UND for photo findingsVIEWPOINT: Tobacco tax hike proposals ignore economic realityLETTER: North Dakota protest response shows Cavalry mentality LETTER: Let medical marijuana work in North DakotaETHAN A substitute teacher charged with sending sexually explicit photos to students pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday and was ordered to pay about $900 in fines and costs.
The state agreed not to file charges related to the more recently discovered alleged photographs.
According to Myers' attorney, Doug Papendick, sexual offender registration is not required for the offense, and the ages between Myers and the juveniles are not far apart. Two of the minors in question have turned 18 since the incident occurred, and the third will be 18 in October.
Papendick said the incident "has been pretty life changing" for Myers, who was attending Dakota State University with the intent of majoring in physical education. Not only did his employment at Ethan High School end immediately, he now must consider changing career paths.
Judge Gordon Swanson considered ordering Myers to attend counseling as well, but determined it was unnecessary for his situation.
"Clearly a person in his position should not be sending graphic photos to juvenile females he has supervision over," O'Keefe said.
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"I don't think you're the kind of kid who's going to be a danger of engaging in inappropriate conduct again," Swanson said. "Obviously, it's been a difficult and messy lesson for you."
Swanson also questioned the wisdom of the Ethan School District in placing a "20 year old kid" in charge of high school students.
The charges were filed after law enforcement received a report from Ethan High School on March 9 that Myers, who worked infrequently as a substitute physical education teacher but more commonly as a substitute janitor, sent an explicit image of himself to a 17 year old female student via Snapchat on March 7. Law enforcement later discovered photos sent to two more 17 year old students.