HAMMOND | A federal judge denied the appeal of a former Morton High School teacher who is in prison after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography, according to court records.
Jon Erik Lilly, 28, of Cedar Lake, was sentenced in October after he admitted to asking four students to send him sexually explicit photos, according to court records.
A judge on Thursday denied Lilly's motion to file an untimely notice of appeal because it was not filed in time, according to the motion.
Lilly argues in his motion that he didn't receive proper counsel and was urged to sign the first plea agreement the government offered. His attorney told him, "Sign this while you still can, or you're going to spend the next 30 years of your life in prison," according to the motion.
The motion also alleges that Lilly's attorney told him they didn't need to file an appeal because, "you're young enough to have a life when you get out you'll be fine," according to the document.
Lilly is serving a 12-year sentence in an Arkansas prison, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. He is expected to be released in September 2023.