MOCKSVILLE, NC - The Davie County Sheriff's Office reports a former middle school teacher was arrested Thursday after an investigation concluded she sent inappropriate photos of herself to students, who then shared the pictures with peers.
Shannon Wood, a former Physical Education teacher at William Ellis Middle School in Advance, was charged with three counts of Disseminating Material Harmful to a Minor. Wood, a 33-year-old Bermuda Run resident, was also charged with one count each of Statutory Sex Offense with a Child Under 15, Indecent Liberties with a Minor and Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor.
The Sheriff's Office received information on Aug. 26 that a female teacher at the school had sent inappropriate photos to male students. Wood resigned on Aug. 30 in the midst of an investigation.
A release from the Sheriff's Office said a small number of students received the pictures through a mobile app designed to be a calculator. One student was the primary recipient of the photos, which were sent before the current school year started.
Davie County Schools released the following statement in an email:
As we reported earlier, we accepted the resignation of Shannon Wood, former PE teacher at William Ellis Middle School, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Mrs. Wood now faces multiple charges associated with distributing inappropriate photographs to minors. According to investigators, these alleged actions took place over the summer of 2016, during the month before the start of the school year. No staff member should ever communicate with students in an inappropriate manner at school or away from school as alleged in this case. The safety of all of our students continues to be a top priority, and we will continue to partner with parents, our community, and law enforcement to maintain a safe teaching and learning environment for the children we serve.
Wood carries a Sept. 29 court date.
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