An Oklahoma teacher has been arrested after he was accused of contacting a 14-year-old former student and asking her to send him nude pictures of herself. Vincent Chad Warford, 45, of Glenpool, is charged with one count of sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology.
Warford is a former teacher at Freedom Public Schools and is currently on administrative leave from Liberty Public Schools. While teaching at Liberty in September, Warford allegedly contacted a student at Freedom, whom he formerly coached. Warford is accused of using Facebook Messenger to ask the girl for "pretty pictures," saying, "I need naked."
The girl told another teacher, who reportedly told the girl to take a screenshot of the message and show her mother. The girl's mother then contacted the Woods County Sheriff's Department.
A Woods County Sheriff's deputy then took over the girl's Facebook account and continued communication with the man. According to deputies, Warford complimented the girl during the conversation with the deputy, calling her "a pretty girl" and telling her she was a "great kid."
The deputy reported that Warford asked for sexually explicit photographs several more times before backpedaling and telling the girl that the requests for nude pictures were intended for another woman.
Woods County authorities forwarded his arrest warrant to Tulsa County deputies, who arrested Warford at his Glenpool home on October 30.
Warford has been in trouble with the law before for his inappropriate behavior with students. While working at Miami Public Schools, Warford rolled a fake joint filled with oregano in front of students in the classroom. Initially, he was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of outraging public decency and was fined $500.
The consequences of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology will be much more severe. If the defendant is ultimately convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, and sex offender registration for 25 years.
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