Teaching Assistant Arrested For Sending Nude Pictures To 15-Year-Old Student
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A former teaching assistant has been arrested for allegedly sending a 15-year-old male student nude photos and videos.
23-year-old Christmas White worked at Greenway Middle School in Paradise Valley, Arizona, from August 2018 until May 2019 before she was accused of sending the explicit messages.
She was arrested on suspicion of Aggravated Luring a Minor for Sex and Furnishing Obscene Material to a Minor.
Becky Kelbaugh, spokesperson for the Paradise Valley Unified School District, released a statement on Tuesday (September 10) after learning the teaching assistant had been questioned by police in late August and subsequently arrested.
The letter read:
Prior to hiring any employee, thorough background checks, fingerprint clearances, and reference checks are conducted. All background checks were passed.
At Paradise Valley Schools, our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our students. We take all allegations of misconduct very seriously.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Kelbaugh added Whites employment contract had ended on May 24 and that she hadnt been in a classroom since May 10, though the district did not specify Whites duties. The information in the statement was also sent in a letter to parents and guardians.
According to court documents cited by AZ Central, officials acted after receiving a tip from a social worker about the teacher.
Officers began investigating the relationship between the former employee and the teenager teen student on August 26. A school police officer asked a student if he had had sex with White and the student said they didnt have sex but the teaching assistant had sent him nude photographs.
The officer looked on the 15-year-olds phone and found explicit photos and videos of White.
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