ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque elementary school teacher is accused of sending sexually explicit messages and photos of himself to one of his former students, according to an arrest warrant obtained Tuesday by News 13.
Jacob Lawler, 33, an Albuquerque Public Schools fifth grade teacher, admitted sending the messages to the former student who is now in the sixth grade, a police detective said in a sworn affidavit accompanying the arrest warrant. That admission came during an interview early Tuesday during which Lawler waived his right to speak to an attorney, the detective said.
The investigation began shortly after midnight Tuesday morning when police were called to a home near Edward Gonzales Elementary School in northwest Albuquerque. There a father described an argument with his 11-year-old daughter over her cell phone and his discovery of messages to and from "Jakey."
The girl, who is not named in the affidavit, said Jackey was Jacob Lawler and that they had been exchanging messages about "private stuff" for a couple of years.
By late afternoon Tuesday Lawler had been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center under a $50,000 cash-only bond. He is charged with child solicitation by electronic communication device and four counts of criminal sexual communication with a child.
At an afternoon news conference Albuquerque Public Schools officials said a hearing is planned for Thursday to fire Lawler who for now is on paid suspension. He passed a background check when he was hired in 2005, officials added.
Albuquerque police are continuing the investigation to see if more students might be involved.
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