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Ex-local teacher indicted, may be HIV positive

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A grand jury in Albany, GA., has indicted a former elementary school teacher of the year on child molestation charges.

Twenty eight-year-old Phillip Burns, whose last job was at Wesley Heights Elementary in Columbus, is also charged with felony reckless conduct because prosecutors say he was HIV positive at the time of the alleged molestations.

Authorities are now putting out the word in case there are more victims who were sexually molested.

"There is always the possibility that there may have been other victims out there. And hopefully if they are, they will develop the courage to come forward.  We're concerned about their well being and their health at this point," Chief Troy Conley, Dougherty Co. School Police

Burns is accused of sexually molesting one boy and asking another to send him sexually explicit pictures.

Authorities say none of the alleged victims were his students. They say he targeted 15-year-old boys involved in his fraternity's youth organization.

He is currently out of jail on bond.

Investigators have alerted the state to make sure he is no longer allowed in schools.

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