Also faces new charge
Former Cedar Springs High School teacher Jon Eric Jungkind, 45, will spend a minimum of 40 months and possibly up to 15 years in prison for allegedly having sex with a then 17-year-old student. He is also now facing a new charge.
The sentence was handed down Monday, December 17, by Judge James Redford in 17th Circuit Court. He was given credit for 26 days, and owes $548 in fees and court costs.
Jungkind, a popular teacher with students, was arrested last November on the charges. The victim told police she had sexual intercourse on two separate occasions during the summer with Jungkind, who was her chemistry teacher. The incidents allegedly happened at his home in Nelson Township. The teen said that she became pregnant and that Jungkind bought her abortion pills to terminate the pregnancy.
He denied having sex with her, but did admit to buying the abortion pills. He testified that he threw them away when she wouldn’t tell her parents about her pregnancy.
Judge Redford reportedly told Jungkind that the evidence against him was overwhelming, and that he abused his position as an educator. He also noted that his testimony was not truthful.
Jungkind was found guilty November 9 of one count of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct, and acquitted of a second count.
On that same day, November 9, he was found to have brought contraband of some type back into the jail. On November 30 he was charged with bringing a weapon into a prison, and as a habitual offender. Bond was set at $25,000, and he was bound over to Circuit Court on December 11. A status conference is set for January 23.