WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – When parents send their children to school, they do so with a certain level of security. They believe that their children will be safe. Unfortunately for the parents of a Loggers Run Middle School student, their worst fears may have been confirmed just last week.
Matthew Webster, 41, a former teacher at the school, was arrested last week, accused of sending nude photos to a female student. The girl involved in the incident is only 14 years old.
According to reports, the ex-teacher taught culinary class and coached basketball. The girl was both the man’s student and player. Once she graduated from the middle school, the girl continued to have contact with Webster through various community activities.
The girl spoke with detectives and said that the teacher started to text her last year in June. He not only texted her, but would send her photos of himself. He panicked, asking her to delete the messages because of his profession and the possibility of going to jail if caught.
The teen said that she ignored the sexual texts because of her ongoing relationship with him, but that nude photos were simply too much. She reported him to police and turned over all texts to the authorities when the photos began.
Webster admitted to sending the texts but denied sending the nude photos. Webster told police that he is an alcoholic who experiences frequent blackouts.
The former teacher is now facing two counts of felony transmitting pornography to a minor. He has no prior criminal history.
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