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47-year-old teacher faces charges over sexual images, drug use

When you sign up to teach at a school or go through the process of becoming a coach, you probably aren't thinking about the possibility that you could be charged with a crime related to the children you work with. Career-related consequences may be the least of your worries if you're convicted of these crimes, especially if the offenses include assault or sexual misconduct. One story you may have heard about took place recently and was released on Feb. 10. According to the news, a guidance counselor at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus was arrested because it was alleged that he had sent nude images of himself to an underage girl.

The 47-year-old man does deserve a right to a fair trial, just like anyone in this situation. In the case in Florida, the man was arrested on Feb. 7 on felony charges including the possession of cocaine, two counts of using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child, and for two counts of transmitting harmful information to minors. The man has also been charged with a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the student who is the alleged victim, the man had sent her images of his penis twice. She allegedly told the detective in the case that the man had told her that if she told anyone, it would ruin his life. He allegedly had asked the student for pictures of her breasts and for an image of her in a bra. According to the story, another female student may have been asked for a photo of her breasts as well as being sent the same images of the man's penis.

In this kind of case, teachers can be suspended with or without pay or dismissed while cases are ongoing. This school district is allegedly waiting for the investigation to be completed before terminating the man. At this point, the teacher has been with the school system for eight years and had previously worked at New Endeavor. There, he had good performance reviews, according to the story.

Source: Florida Newszap, "Okeechobee Freshman Campus counselor arrested & accused of sending nude photos to child" Eric Kopp, Feb. 07, 2014

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