Genesee Co. teacher charged for sexual relationship with student, prosecutor says

Long-time Atherton Community Schools band teacher Jerry Lee Cutting was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an underage student.
Published: Oct. 24, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) - A Genesee County teacher has been arrested and charged for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old female student.

The teacher, 54-year-old Jerry Cutting, is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old female student, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. He has been charged with six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Cutting has been a teacher at Atherton Community Schools in Burton for at least 30 years.

On Thursday, three students alerted school faculty about the sexual relationship between Cutting and the student. He has since been put on paid leave.

“The investigation by Burton Police has found text messages that corroborate the allegations. There are witnesses other than the three students that came forward who confirm that defendant Cutting spent an inordinate amount of time with this 14-year-old student,” Leyton said.

Leyton said Cutting’s encounters with the girl began on the final day of the last school year, continued through the summer, and into this school year. Cutting is accused of having sex with the student at the high school, various hotels in Genesee County, and at his home in Clayton Township.

“In addition to really doing a number on this little girl, this man also had a wife of 30 years. And based upon what I read in the police report, she’s devastated,” Leyton said.

Atherton Community Schools Superintendent John Ploof said the district’s staff is devastated.

“They’re devastated for the victim. They’re just devastated for the impact that it has on us as a small school system in the community. Right now, we’re all kind of reeling a little bit,” Ploof said.

Leyton said during the last 30 years, Cutting has served as a band teacher, choir teacher, basketball coach, and softball coach. Because of his positions, Leyton said it is possible there could be other victims out there.

“If there are victims watching, or reading, or listening, we would ask that they call the Burton Police Department,” Leyton said.

Cutting is due back in court Nov. 3. He could face up to life in prison if he is convicted on these charges.