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Tualatin High School teacher pleads guilty to sex abuse charge

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Jonathan Maggiano sentenced to 24 months of probation.


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This story has been updated from its original version.

Tualatin High School teacher Jonathan Maggiano will not receive prison time after he pleaded guilty to a sex abuse charge Monday morning.

Maggiano was sentenced to 24 months’ supervised probation and 160 hours of community service after he took a plea agreement in Multnomah County Circuit Court, agreeing to plead guilty to second-degree sex abuse. He was also ordered not to have contact with the victim or any minors except for his own children during that time.

The Tualatin teacher had previously pleaded not guilty after his September arrest. He had been charged with second-degree sex abuse, luring a minor, sexual misconduct and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

Maggiano was arrested in September by Washington County sheriff's deputies after a 17-year-old Tualatin High student said that Maggiano messaged her online and made vague sexual references to her.

Prosecutors said that Maggiano sent the girl his home address and said she performed oral sex on him when she went to visit him.

The girl reportedly told a family member about the encounter, and her parents alerted deputies.

In a pre-sentencing statement read aloud in court Monday, Maggiano apologized to the victim and her family, the school district, and his students and their parents.

"I've hurt so many people with my poor choices that the simple 'I'm sorry' will never suffice," he said, emotion in his voice.

Maggiano added that he would dedicate his life "to helping others before they hit rock bottom like me."

Judge Eric J. Bergstrom, who sentenced Maggiano Monday, and Todd Jackson, the Multnomah County deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case, both seemed satisfied that Maggiano is remorseful and unlikely to repeat his offense.

"After the actual (sex) act ... began, Mr. Maggiano stopped it, got out of the car and said, 'I can't do this,'" Jackson said. "After the fact, he sent a couple of texts to the victim talking about the incident but expressing the desire to wait until she turned 18 to engage in any further kind of sexual behavior with her."

Bergstrom said Maggiano has been receiving counseling and suggested he might not have gotten the help he needed if not for the criminal incident.

"In some ways, there's a positive part of this, because it sounds like you're dealing with, you're able to deal with, some of the issues that brought you to this place," Bergstrom said. He wished Maggiano luck after sentencing him.

Because Maggiano is a first-time offender, Jackson said the charge he pleaded guilty to Monday carries a presumptive sentence of probation, rather than prison time.

"We expect that he'll do fine on his probation," Jackson told Bergstrom.

Asked after the hearing whether he was satisfied with the outcome, Jackson said he was.

"I think it's a good resolution to the case," he said.

Maggiano taught technology at Tualatin High School for a year. He started working as a substitute teacher in the Tigard-Tualatin School District in 2013.

He was placed on administrative leave after his arrest.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story included a headline mischaracterizing Jonathan Maggiano's sentence. He was sentenced to 24 months of probation and no prison time. The story has been updated. This story has also been updated with details on Jonathan Maggiano's sentence and quotes from the hearing.