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Photographer Jock Sturges pleads guilty to sexual misconduct – ABC News

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A well-known photographer has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old student in the 1970s when he was a teacher at a private boarding school in Massachusetts

ByThe Associated Press

November 17, 2021, 3:57 PM

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GREENFIELD, Mass. — A photographer known for his images of nude adolescents has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual misconduct with a 14-…….

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A well-known photographer has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old student in the 1970s when he was a teacher at a private boarding school in Massachusetts

GREENFIELD, Mass. — A photographer known for his images of nude adolescents has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old student in the mid-1970s while he was a teacher and dorm parent at a private boarding school in Massachusetts, prosecutors said.

Former Northfield Mount Hermon teacher John “Jock” Sturges, 74, was sentenced to three years of probation this week after pleading guilty in Franklin Superior Court to a charge of an unnatural and lascivious act on a child under 16, according to a statement Tuesday from the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Sturges, who now lives in Seattle, was ordered by the judge to undergo sex offender treatment and stay away from the victim.

Sturges was 28 and a photography instructor at the school when he met the girl in 1975, prosecutors said.

The victim first went to Sturges when she was “lonely, homesick and had not made many friends,” prosecutor Frederic Bartmon said in court, according to The Recorder of Greenfield.

They bonded over photography, and he started bringing her on shoots, he said. Sturges persuaded her to pose for topless and nude photographs, and they had sex in his darkroom and in the woods, the prosecutor said.

The judge asked Sturges if he agreed with Bartmon’s account, and Sturges said he was comfortable with it, but added that “my memory, at 74, is not as good as I would like it to be,” The Recorder reported.

The victim, who appeared at Monday’s hearing via video, spoke of the effect her relationship with Sturges had on her.

“For a long time, many decades, I refused to believe that what I thought I wanted when I was 14 turned out to be a protracted form of sexual abuse and exploitation,” she said in an impact statement. “In the aftermath of my time at Northfield Mount Hermon, I fell apart. I had a complete nervous breakdown, suffered from extreme depersonalization and anxiety, to a point where …….

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