ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A former Albuquerque elementary school teacher accused of sending sexually explicit pictures to a student admitted to the charges Wednesday.
In court Jacob Lawler did all he could to keep his face hidden from news cameras. But he wasn't so shy in 2011 when he sent sexually explicit pictures of himself to an 11-year-old student.
That girl's father is the one who uncovered the crime.
After noticing the name "Jakey" on her daughter's phone, he knew that was her teacher at Edward Gonzales Elementary School and became suspicious.
After the girl tried to delete the texts, her father grabbed the phone and found sexually explicit conversations between the two and sexually explicit pictures of Lawler.
That's when he called police.
Lawler was charged with child luring, criminal sexual communication with a child, attempted sexual exploitation of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Months later he was charged with manufacturing child pornography. As part of a deal, he pleaded guilty to three of those counts.
Under the deal Lawler could face up to nine years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender. His sentencing is set for next month.
The Albuquerque Public Schools district fired Lawler shortly after his arrest. He had worked at the school since 2005.
Investigators did not find any other victims.
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