According to reports, a tip came in on April 25, 2020, regarding P.E. teacher Noah Scott Berman. The tip led police to believe Berman was involved in a sexual relationship with an underage student.
While police investigated to find out who the victim was, the high school was also contacted to make them aware of the situation. Two days later, Berman was put on administrative leave.
Police say soon after, Berman contacted the victim and told her not to talk about the relationship with investigators. Records show Berman lives in a home several blocks from the high school.
Berman was arrested on May 14, 2020, and was released on bail the next day.
On June 23, 2020, a Jackson County grand jury returned an indictment against Berman for two counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, one count of tampering with a witness and four counts of sexual abuse in the third degree.
Berman eventually pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sex abuse and one count of tampering with evidence. On August 31, 2021, he received 90 days in county jail and a 24 month suspended prison sentence, meaning he won’t be sent to state prison unless he breaks terms set by the court.
Berman was also ordered to forfeit his teaching license, pay restitution, and register as a sex offender for life. He’ll be subject to five years of probation.
The full media release from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office is available HERE.