Ex-substitute teacher takes plea deal in criminal sexual conduct case

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-06 14:51:13-04

Jon Ira Dalton

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —A former substitute teacher at Kent City Elementary School pleaded no contest Monday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the office of Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock.

Jon Ira Dalton, 68, of Newaygo, was accused of inappropriately touching four young girls.   A staff member notified a community liaison last October after claiming to have witnessed Dalton inappropriately touching a student.

As part of the plea, three other second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were dropped.

Dalton faces up to 15 years in prison, according to Judge Trusock’s office.   He will be sentenced Aug. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Travis Earley said in March that the plea deal was offered to keep the victims from having to testify in court.