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Police investigate Myrtle Beach teacher for sending inappropriate messages to student

The Coastal Leadership Academy on Palmetto Pointe Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on May 23, 2018.
The Coastal Leadership Academy on Palmetto Pointe Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on May 23, 2018. jbell@thesunnews.com

A teacher at state charter school Coastal Leadership Academy in Myrtle Beach sent inappropriate messages to a high school student there, according to an Horry County Police report.

Officers were dispatched to the school on Palmetto Pointe Boulevard after the school's principal called to say that two students had accused a 55-year-old male teacher of sending inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old female classmate, according to a police report.

One of the students, a close friend of the victim, said that when the female didn't respond to the teacher's messages, he would "come into the classroom noticeably upset and 'takes it out' on students," the report said.

Another student said that the messages started off as "small stuff" but later became inappropriate, police stated.

The student said that when the victim "says 'no'" to the teacher, he would get angry at her friends, the report noted.

The principal said that earlier in the year another teacher described an encounter with the victim, where the she asked if she would get in trouble if a teacher added her on Facebook, according to police. The victim later asked the teacher not to say anything because she didn't want the teacher who was sending the messages to get in trouble, the report said.

The police report includes screenshots of the victim's cellphone, but those are redacted, as well as the suspect's name.

School Principal Jeffery Layton said the teacher had been placed on administrative leave, but couldn't give the teacher's name, citing personnel matters.

In a statement released Thursday morning, the school said the safety of students was the highest priority.

"If you have any information regarding the allegations please contact CLA’s administration or the Horry County Police Department," the statement reads. "CLA is fully cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of this matter."

Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian

A note passed by Battery Creek High School Spanish teacher Fabian Jaimes and a student on Nov. 16, 2017 led to a criminal investigation into possible sexual misconduct. No charges were filed, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

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