Former Missouri JROTC instructor pleads guilty to assaulting student

1 week 1 day 5 hours ago Thursday, April 11 2019 Apr 11, 2019 Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:35:00 PM CDT April 11, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

MOUNTAIN GROVE (AP) — A former Junior ROTC instructor for a southern Missouri high school has pleaded guilty to repeatedly grazing a student's body with a knife and giving her enough alcohol to pass out.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 57-year-old David Russell Long admitted Monday to two counts of second-degree assault and child endangerment. As part of the plea, 13 additional felony charges were dropped, including multiple counts of second-degree statutory sodomy.

Allegations against Long first surfaced in late 2016, when a former student contacted the Mountain Grove Police Department to allege she had been in a sexual relationship with "her JROTC instructor" that lasted for more than a year. She said the relationship started in August 2014.

Long spent a decade teaching JROTC courses at Mountain Grove High School.

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