Police: Former teacher confesses to sex with 17 year old

By WLOX Staff

LONG BEACH, MS. (WLOX) - A former teacher faces new sex charges. Police say Joseph Eugene Council, 33, of Long Beach confessed to having a sexual relationship with 17 year old girl.

Council's confession came today after he was arrested on a charge of felony sexual battery of a minor. The new charge comes a week and a day after council was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography, using a computer to lure a minor for sex and enticing a child to produce sexual pictures.

Long Beach Police say during the pornography investigation, the girl gave police a statement that she was involved in a sexual relationship with Council. Investigators say Council was the girl's instructor at a local band camp and he used to be her band teacher. Police say council admitted the relationship took place while he was in a position of authority over the girl.

Until May, Council taught band and choir at Pass Christian Middle and High Schools. Council was taken to the Harrison County Jail where he was being held pending $75,000 bond. Long Beach Police say the investigation is continuing and ask anyone with information about the case to call 228-863-7292.

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