Wearing a shirt from his former employer, 28-year-old Matthew Lusby sat quietly as a judge read off the charges against the former da Vinci Institute teacher.
Lusby is facing two counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student who attends the charter school set on the grounds of Jackson Community College.
"The reason it is CSC in the first degree is because, under Michigan law, if a teacher has a sexual relationship with a student under the age of 16 it's an automatic CSC first degree," said Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Mark Blumer.
That spells bad new for Lusby if convicted. The CSC in the first degree carries a charge of life in prison with mandatory STD/AIDS testing.
The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office is not taking the case lightly and a $100,000 bond set by the judge assigned to Lusby's case shows likewise.
"Short of murder it's one of the most serious crimes we have on our books," Blumer said. "When you have somebody who is essentially a white collar professional, charged with his or her first major offense, they can be a risk to themselves."
Sandy Maxon, the school's principal, says Lusby was a math teacher at the school for a little over two years and had put in his resignation on Feb. 23. News of the alleged sexual relationship became public the first week in March.
Lusby is due back in court in two weeks for a preliminary examination.