A former Broward County assistant principal accused of texting a 17-year-old student about booze, drugs and masturbation won’t be allowed to work in a Florida school for at least a year.
The 46-year-old resigned from his post at a Fort Lauderdale high school last April after a district investigation determined he had sent at least two dozen inappropriate messages to the male student.
There was no indication he had inappropriate physical conduct with the student and he has no record of arrest.
The state Education Practices Commission last month suspended his education license for a year and fined him $1,000. If he wants his license back he must take a college-level course on adolescent development, a state report showed.
The state commission claim the man harmed the student’s well being and his ability to learn.
The man had worked for the district since 2000.
An adult texting a minor for sexual gratification could lead to a sex crime arrest. Although sexting, sending sexually explicit images or text messages, is not illegal in and of itself, certain aspects of the act can make it a criminal offense. Adults sexting minors lewd messages or sexually explicit images could find themselves facing sex crimes charges.
If you have been accused of sexting a minor, you need to act fast to protect yourself from severe criminal consequences. As you can see from this case, your professional career could also be at stake. A sex crimes accusation/charge can follow you around for the rest of your life, so you need to act quickly to secure quality legal representation. Do not speak to police without an attorney, and do not consent to a search of your cell phone or electronics without a warrant.