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DIGGING DEEPER: Former Heritage Junior Senior HS band director pleads to felony

Josiah-Pfenning-arrested

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The former band director at Heritage Junior Senior High School pleaded guilty on Friday to a felony count of child seduction.

Josiah Pfenning was the subject of a 2019 ABC21 Digging Deeper investigation, which included an interview with a woman who, as an underage teen, was involved in a 2007 sexual relationship with Pfenning.

That woman told ABC21 that she had warned East Allen County Schools officials about Pfenning's past when she learned he was teaching.

She said no action was taken, despite her calls.

The recent charges stemmed from an unrelated relationship involving another underage teenage girl.

Pfenning was arrested last December on charges of child seduction and child pornography.

The probable cause affidavit said the encounters took place on school grounds.

With a change of plea to the single count, Pfenning now is set to appear in court for sentencing on Jan. 13. It is expected, per agreement, that he will receive five years suspended and probation, with the first two years to be served on Community Control.

Pfenning had been scheduled for trial in late January.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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