Ex-teacher sentenced in sex assaults
BY PAT FARNELLI
A former Wayne Highlands teacher was sentenced in Susquehanna County Court Thursday for sex assaults that occurred six to eight years ago, before he began teaching.
Kyle Justin Cobb, 28 of Uniondale, received 18 months-10 years in state prison for a statutory sex assault that occurred between 2005 and 2007, and also faces five years probation to be served consecutive to the other sentence for indecent assault.
Charges were lodged against Cobb in March 2012. He was immediately suspended without pay by the school district.
He pleaded guilty to both charges in January.
Cobb had been teaching in the district at Lakeside Elementary for about two years before the victim came forward to police.
Cobb assaulted a boy who was 11 to 13 years old at a residence and farm in Herrick Twp.
The resident, now over age 18, lives outside the area.
The Susquehanna County Independent does not identify the victims of sexual assault.
Attorney Paul Ackourey said Thursday that many letters were written on his Cobb’s behalf, which he presented to district attorney Jason Legg to review.
“My client has asked me to express on his behalf his regret and sorrow for his actions,” Ackourey said
“He is the last person I would expect to be sitting here today,” he added, noting that Cobb had matured, and was “an absolute gentleman, a sincere, compassionate person.”
Legg countered, “People who we know and love and accept can commit acts of sexual abuse.”
He added, “This is a situation where the system works. This is the time for the community to accept, as Mr Cobb has, that this offense occurred, and that there will be consequences.”