Former Bristol, VA, teacher sentenced to prison, banned from schools in “indecent liberties” case

BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – A former Bristol, VA, school teacher was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday and banned from any school for taking “indecent liberties” with children.

ROBERT NEAL MULLINS JR

According to a news release from the Bristol, VA, commonwealth’s attorney’s office, Robert Neal Mullins Jr. was a teacher and wrestling coach at John S. Battle High School. He was indicted in February on two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

The two victims in the case were students at the high school.

Mullins pleaded no contest to both charges in July and was found guilty on both counts.

In his sentencing hearing Tuesday in Bristol City Circuit Court, Mullins was given 10 years in state prison with nine years suspended, effectively giving him one year of active incarceration.

He will also be on probation and must register as a sex offender. The judge also ordered Mullins to not go back on any school property.

Mullins faces a similar charge in Washington County, VA, where a jury trial was scheduled for Dec. 14.

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