Police probe ex-teacher's contact with student

By Stephen Betts | Apr 26, 2019
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A former teacher at Oceanside High School is being investigated for possibly sending inappropriate messages, including a photo of his penis, to a female student.

The man has not been charged, but police are going through thousands of Facebook posts from the former teacher's account.

The Courier-Gazette is not naming the former teacher, since no charges have been filed.

But an affidavit filed Feb. 8 in Knox County Court by Camden/Rockport Police Detective Curt Andrick to obtain a search warrant for the former teacher's account details the investigation. The warrant covers all communications from Sept. 1, 2018, through Jan. 31, 2019.

The affidavit was released April 24.

The possible crime being investigated is harassment by electronics device, according to police.

According to the police report, a former Oceanside High School student came to the Camden Police Department Jan. 17 to report that the teacher, who was still employed at that time in Rockland, was sending inappropriate messages to her through social media.

The teacher had been giving the young woman gifts, such as clothes, food and cash, since the fall of 2018. He also paid her cellphone bill for a month.

The woman, who was 17 years old at the time, said the teacher had also sent her a photograph of his penis through Snapchat.

The woman said the communications with the teacher had begun innocently, with him offering to help her with school work, according to the affidavit.

A second student confirmed to the police that the teacher had met with the woman and given her gifts, police said in the report filed with court.

Andrick said there is a voluminous amount of records to go through.

The teacher was initially placed on administrative leave, but shortly after he resigned.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Apr 26, 2019 16:03

This should never happen. Children should be forewarned and the district should carefully vent all of the teachers hired.


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