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Former Southern Tier Principal Admits to Attempting to Have Sex With Student


A former Middle School Principal at a Southern Tier school district has pleaded guilty to attempting to have sex with a student.

According to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, Daniel Erickson pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Luring a Child. In doing so, Erickson will serve six months in jail followed by five years of post-release probation as well as having to register as a sex offender and pay for the victims’ counseling.

WIVT/WBGH-TV in Binghamton reports Erickson worked at the Johnson City Middle School and was arrested in 2023 for spending a week trying to lure a 16-year-old student to have sex with him via Snapchat messages. Erickson agreed to meet the student at a remote location for sex but when he showed up, Broome County Sheriff’s detectives were there to arrest him.

Daniel Erickson Photo: Johnson City Central School District

Erickson was said to have shown up to the meeting with a box of condoms, chicken McNuggets and a McDonald’s Grimace shake. Erickson allegedly attempted to meet the student numerous times prior to the arrest but was unsuccessful.

On August 25, Johnson City Middle School announced Erickson would step down as principal.

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