A former Teacher of the Year at an Alabama elementary school admitted to molesting over 21 girls during his 25-year career, police said on Thursday.
Alabaster police said Daniel Montague Acker Jr., 49, was jailed after a girl, now 12 or 13, came forward within the last week claiming the ex-educator molested her around 2009 when he was a teacher at the Thompson Intermediate School.
Confronted by police, Acker admitted molesting the girl. He also told investigators he had abused more than 20 other girls but did not name any alleged victims, Deputy Chief Curtis Rigney said. Acker is no longer cooperating with investigators, he said.
Investigators say they believe most if not all of the girls were in Acker's classes.
Acker was charged with three counts of sexual abuse, and additional charges were possible, police said.