A former Waco school district substitute teacher was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for the long-term sexual abuse of a boy beginning when the boy was 12.
Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court sentenced Jacoby Jerome Aclese to 15 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of probation.
Aclese, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child and four counts of indecency with a child. Aclese entered his guilty plea without the benefit of a plea bargain from prosecutors.
The judge sentenced Aclese to prison on the first count and placed him on probation for 10 years on the remaining counts. However, he “stacked” one probation term onto the prison sentence, meaning Aclese will serve a 10-year term of probation after he completes his prison sentence.
The Bellmead man must serve at least 71/2 years in prison before he can seek parole.
“Jacoby obviously is disappointed at having the judge sentence him to prison and probation,” said Aclese’s attorney, Jason P. Darling. “However, he is ready to get this behind him and is remorseful for what he put the victim through.”
A 19-year-old Bellmead man reported in March 2016 that Aclese, a family friend, had been sexually abusing him for seven years.
Aclese was a substitute teacher for Waco schools from August 2010 to June 2011 and again from February 2012 to February 2013, according to WISD spokesman Kyle Debeer. Aclese was terminated in March 2013 for “improper conduct” and is not eligible for rehire, Debeer said.
Aclese was fired after a junior high student alleged Aclese exposed himself to the boy during a tutoring session, Darling said. Aclese denied the allegations, but Waco school officials fired him and “red flagged” his file, preventing him from getting another substitute teaching job, Darling said.
Darling said no charges were filed from the boy’s outcry and Aclese was able to get the “red flag” removed from his file after an administrative law hearing.
The incidents involving the 19-year-old family friend, for which Aclese is going to prison, were not reported until about three years after the student’s allegations, Darling said.
Staff writer Shelly Conlon contributed to this report.