DA: Band teacher sentenced after pleading guilty to sex abuse charges involving student

Cottage Grove Police arrested Gabriel Donovan Dickinson, 37, in November 2018. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on 4 misdemeanor counts of third degree sex abuse. (Lane County Jail mugshot)

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - A teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student will have to give up his teaching certification and register as a sex offender, the Lane County District Attorney said.

Gabriel Dickinson pleaded guilty to 4 counts of misdemeanor third degree sex abuse, the DA said.

Dickinson was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and 3 years probation. The DA said the former band teacher at Cottage Grove High School must also forfeit his teaching certificate. The sentence also prohibits Dickinson from having contact with minors. He will have to register as a sex offender.

Police in Cottage Grove arrested Dickinson in November after investigating allegations of "an alleged inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher at the school."

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