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High school teacher arrested in nearby Rocklin

Many of our Roseville readers have probably heard of the social media phenomena known as "sexting." For those who don't know, sexting is basically just sending text messages with either sexually charged language, or even pictures that involve nudity or sex acts. Some people don't find this type of behavior too concerning, figuring it is probably just teens being teens.

However, this type of behavior can be linked to child pornography charges, because pictures of teenagers who are under the age of eighteen could qualify as child porn. Concern about this behavior in that context has led law enforcement officials to take sexting very seriously. One individual in Rocklin found out just how serious recently, when he was arrested for sexting with girl who was under 18-years-old.

According to the reports, the man, a 41-year-old theatre arts teacher at Whitney High School, was said to have exchanged sexually charged text messages with a 17-year-old female. The female apparently reported the behavior to the police - behavior which she alleges included the suspect asking her for nude photos or actually requesting sex. The female also alleged that this contact continued for approximately 30 days.

The 41-year-old suspect was arrested on a felony charge akin to solicitation of a minor. There was no initial report as to the amount of bond set in his case, but the police have indicated that there is a possibility that there may be other victims involved.

For this man - a high school teacher - the end result of this case, even if the case is dismissed or results in a not guilty verdict, may be a moot point from an employment standpoint. With this type of negative publicity, he will have a hard time returning to work or finding a new job.

Source: Rocklin and Roseville Today, "Rocklin Teacher Arrested for Sexting Student," Dec. 23, 2013

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