LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A middle school teacher has been arrested after deputies say he sent explicit images and messages to a student on social media.
Christopher Tyler Brewster was arrested April 14 after a report was made to a Logan County Sheriff’s Department Prevention Resource Officer, according to the criminal complaint. Brewster was a substitute teacher at Chapmanville Middle School and the victim was a student at Logan High School.
Brewster messaged the student via Snapchat on at least five different days between December 2021 and February 2022, according to the criminal complaint. Deputies described the messages as “sexual in nature with images sent” to the minor and “obscene and with sexual intent”.
Logan County Schools spokesman Chris Williams told WSAZ that Brewster was a day-to-day substitute teacher at Chapmanville Middle School, and that Brewster quit before he was arrested.
“I was just in shock, and my husband was in shock as well,” said Georgia Collins, a middle school parent from Chapmanville, after finding out their child’s art teacher had been arrested. “We trusted this man to be our child’s teacher. Now, okay, he never did anything to my child, but he was entrusted with many children.
Collins said she feared it was just another incident in a series of problems at Chapmanville Middle School. Cameron Bookman, a group teacher at Chapmanville Middle School, was arrested in 2020 on similar charges.
Collins and other parents are now asking the Logan County School Board questions about what is being done to protect students from these issues. A number of parents told WSAZ they plan to attend next week’s school board meeting to demand answers.
“I want to know what the Board of Education is going to do in their hiring process going forward to further prevent this,” Collins said.
The WSAZ attempted to get answers to those questions from school board officials at Tuesday afternoon’s special levies meeting, but were told they weren’t going to talk about the issue. before the regular meeting scheduled for next week.
The Logan County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the matter and is working to retrieve and process all social media messages sent between Brewster and the students, Chief Deputy Mike LaFauci said.
Prevention Resource Officers are based at every middle school and high school in Logan County, and LaFauci said parents should talk with their students about social media safety and when to report inappropriate behavior.
“It is important for a parent to express to the child that if something that makes you feel uncomfortable shows up on your social networks, you can contact the resource worker or a counselor at school,” LaFauci said. “Or they can even come and see the parent. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do is tell the parent something like this is happening. Yet it is a necessity. »
Brewster is currently facing a felony charge of preparing, distributing or exposing obscene material to minors.
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