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Ex-Eagle River middle school teacher gets 3 year prison term for sex offenses

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VILAS COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A former middle school math teacher in Eagle River will spend three years in prison for possessing child pornography, and having sex-related chats with young girls.

47-year-old Michael Wang of Florence was sentenced Wednesday.

Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal Nielsen told Wang to spend five years under extended supervision when he leaves prison – pay a $5,000 surcharge – and register with the state as a sex offender.

School officials checked Wang’s work computer and flash drives, and they later found over 100 pornographic images of kids as young as 4.

But special prosecutor David Maas said he was more concerned about online chats Wang was having with girls 14 and younger. He said it was evidence that Wang was grooming them.

Judge Nielsen said Wang had apologized to children in general, and not the specific youngsters he hurt – and that played a role in the sentence he handed out.

Wang had taught in the Northland Pines school system for two decades.