MAYS LANDING — A former Buena Regional High School teacher was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday for having sex with a 17-year- old student, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.

William J. Jacobs, 33, of Folsom, pleaded guilty in June to official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child.

“He was her teacher, and he should have known better,” Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer said in a statement.

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Jacobs is barred from public employment and has agreed to the revocation of his teaching license. He must serve two years before he is eligible for parole.

Investigators found that from November to January, Jacobs met with the student on multiple occasions to engage in sexual relations. Investigators also found hundreds of electronic communications between the two.

Detectives said Jacobs, who was arrested in February in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and returned to New Jersey, had urged the victim not to cooperate with the investigation.

“Today’s sentencing brings some measure of closure to a young woman and her family,” Flammer said. “The consequences the defendant faced today for his actions in engaging in a wholly unacceptable relationship with his student is one of his own making.”

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Press copy editor since 2006, copy desk chief since 2014. Masters in journalism from Temple University, 2006. My weekly comics blog, Wednesday Morning Quarterback, appears Wednesday mornings at PressofAC.com.

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