- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A former Hedgesville High School teacher convicted of sexually abusing a student will serve at least 10 years on home confinement.

Media outlets report that a judge sentenced 32-year-old Erin Steve Thomas on Friday to 10 to 20 years on home confinement, following by 15 years of supervised release.

Berkeley County Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Lorensen also prohibited Thomas from applying for or accepting a teaching position involving minors.

The Gerrardstown resident also must complete 1,000 hours of community service and register as a sex offender.

A jury convicted Thomas in June of one count of sexual abuse sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust. The Berkeley County Board of Education terminated his employment on Sept. 30, 2014.

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