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Lehighton teen admits to corruption count for incident at high school

A Lehighton teen pleaded guilty on Monday in Carbon County court to a charge of corruption of a minor for an incident at Lehighton High School in which he had sex with a female in a bathroom in the school.

Jahmir J. Spencer, 18, also pleaded in two other cases to counts of simple assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Spencer was charged by Lehighton police for an incident on March 29 at the high school. He had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female in a men’s bathroom of the school. He videotaped the incident using his cellphone and then played it for others to see. The girl told investigators the sex was consensual. Both are students at the school.

Another student at the school saw the video and reported it.

He was originally charged with photograph/film/depict on computer sex act — knowingly depicts on computer, photo, etc. (a felony 2), child pornography (a felony 3) and invasion of privacy — view, photograph, etc. person without consent (a misdemeanor 3).

However, those charges were dropped and court records indicated he was going to plead to a new charge of sexual abuse of a child, a felony. That charge was never brought before the court as a new stipulation was filed between the district attorney’s office and the defendant, adding the corruption count, which is a felony 3.

He also admitted assaulting a juvenile on March 22 in the area of Main Road in Lehighton. The drug count stems from an incident on March 13 in the area of 20 Mauch Chunk St., filed by Mahoning Township police.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing because the corruption charge falls under the provisions of Megan’s Law. Serfass ordered Spencer to be evaluated by the state sexual offenders assessment board to determine if he is a violent sexual offender. If it is determined that he is, then he will register for life as a sexual offender. If not, then the registration period will be 15 years.

Serfass also ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation report.

Spencer has been an inmate in the county prison since his arrest on the charges stemming from the incident at the high school.