Teacher Charged After Allegedly Sending Student Nude Photos On Snapchat
A teacher has been charged with 'felony luring minors by computer or other means' after she allegedly sent a student nude pictures on Snapchat.
Kelsie Schmidt, 22, is said to have sent the pictures to a 17-year-old student in her maths class at Beulah High School, North Dakota, USA.
Police say the teacher sent three or four naked pictures to the student, one of which was naked from the waist up. Another allegedly showed her bare legs, with the message 'get a group and play naked hide and seek'.
Officers were interviewing the student following reports that a teacher had been sending naked pictures on Snapchat.
According to a affidavit, the student told a detective 'that he could get the math teacher in trouble for pictures that she had sent him'.
Schmidt was arrested on 23 January and allegedly admitted to sending the photos, according to the Dickinson Press.
Beulah Public School District Superintendent, Travis Jordan, said the teacher had been placed on administrative leave while the school district conducted its own investigation. He added that Schmidt was in her first year teaching at the school, but refused to comment on whether any other students were involved while their investigation is still ongoing.
According to the Dickinson Press, Tom Dickson, Schmidt's attorney, said: "This is a very unfortunate situation for everyone, but certainly it's a very serious allegation and we are treating it very seriously."
Schmidt appeared in South Central District Court on Tuesday, where her bond was set at 10 per cent of $10,000.
Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 27 February.
In December, a teacher in Florida, USA, was sentenced to three years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old student and sending him naked pictures of herself.
Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Peterson entered a guilty plea in October to one felony count of a lewd or lascivious sex act with a child, and another felony charge of transmission of harmful material to minors by electronic means.
The judge sentenced her to three years in prison, after her defence managed to get the prosecution to agree to come down from the minimum sentence of five years they had initially requested.
Prior to those discussions, Peterson had faced up to 10 years inside for the crimes.
The breakdown of the sentence means she will serve 36 months for the battery sex act felony, while the judge ruled that Peterson's time was served for the harmful transmission crime.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Kelsie Schmidt