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Utah teacher fired as police investigate sexual texts with student

A teacher at North Sanpete High School is under investigation for sending sexually charged text messages to a 16-year-old student, asking her personal sexual questions and requesting photos from her. (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — A teacher at North Sanpete High School is under investigation for sending sexually charged text messages to a 16-year-old student, asking her personal sexual questions and requesting photos from her. The teacher has been fired, education officials confirmed Wednesday.

The 54-year-old science teacher has not been charged, but documents police filed to obtain search warrants say that police interviewed the student who was believed to have received the messages and she told the officer explicit details about the sexually charged content.

Three different affidavits for search warrants show the investigation into the alleged messages that started when the school's resource officer was told of the sexual messages between the teacher and the student. He spoke with the student and asked a court to approve seizure and investigation of the student's and teacher's cell phones. The officer also seized two iPads the teacher had access to after IT employees at the school reported pornographic images of a female that were sent to the iPad.

The Sanpete Sheriff's Office said that so far, the investigation has shown no indication of any explicit images between the teacher and student. The county attorney will determine if any charges will be filed and the case is still under investigation.

The third warrant also requested cell phone location information taken from cell towers and a request to the phone provider of 275 days worth of phone records to establish calling patterns and location information.

The affidavit reported that the student received texts from the teacher about having sex with the student and how he would perform it. He also asked her about specific sex acts and suggested "they would have to work into that," asked highly personal questions and requested pictures from the teen.

The information requested from the warrant includes email accounts associated with the phones, incoming and outgoing calls and dates and times of calls including special codes and text messages. The affidavit states that it is believed there is evidence for the crimes of dealing in materials harmful to a minor and exploitation of a minor.

2News is not naming the teacher until charges are filed and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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