A Jackson County teacher who spent one day on the job is now facing four felony counts stemming from inappropriate contact with a student.
Dustin Mullins, 22, started his career as a substitute teacher at Henry J. Kaiser Elementary on Wednesday. Wednesday night he as arrested by Jackson County deputies.
“Mr. Mullins had been communicating via Facebook with a 15-year old female in Wood County,” said Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs. “Ultimately he was soliciting nude photographs from her.”
Boggs says as far as they know no photos were exchanged and the teenage girl showed her mother the message. The parents contacted Wood County authorities who in turn contacted authorities in Jackson County to start the investigation.
Mullins is a native of Ravenswood and a recent graduate of Glenville State where he earned his teaching degree. The sheriff says Mullins came to know the girl while doing his student teaching during college.
Mullins is now on home confinement awaiting a preliminary hearing on four felony charges. Boggs couldn’t comment on his employment status with the Jackson County School Board other than to say the superintendent had been in close contact with school officials and supportive of the investigation.
The sheriff says it should be a reminder to parents.
“We see it day in and day out now, persons in places of trust we have to monitor everybody now,” Boggs said. “It’s a good idea for parents to know what their kids are doing. We keep stressing that.”