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Jacob Isaac Browne Former Soledad High School Teacher Pleads No Contest to Molestation

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A former Soledad High School teacher has pleaded no contest to several charges stemming from a molestation case, Monterey County prosecutors announced Wednesday. Jacob Isaac Browne, 31, of Soledad, is facing up to three years in state prison after pleading no contest to felony possession of child pornography, felony arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes and misdemeanor child molestation.

Browne is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 24. Prosecutors said the victim’s father contacted law enforcement in April and reported Browne had sexually abused his daughter. Prosecutors said Browne solicited sexually explicit photographs of the teen, sent sexually explicit texts to her and molested her on school grounds. Browne later admitted the charges and also told investigators he has searched the Internet for child pornography, prosecutors said.

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