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D.A. says there's enough evidence to charge "Sexting" Teacher

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The District Attorney says he plans to prosecute a teacher who sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenage student, then drove to a hotel to meet her. A letter the DA sent to school police outlines the actions of the fired Albany High teacher and what steps the police need to take to investigate.

As we first uncovered last week, Albany High School teacher Abraham Wesley was fired from the school system after sending sexually explicit text messages to a 16-year old student, but he wasn't arrested.

District Attorney Greg Edwards reviewed the case and says there is enough evidence to move the case forward.  He said, "We believe there is enough to bring prosecution and once we follow up with this information of things that we need gathered, we intend to go forward."

"I think that's great," said School System Attorney Tommy Coleman. "That's how the system works. It did break down a little bit and it should have gotten there quicker, but it is there now and the school system will do everything within it's power I'm certain to ensure the D.A. has all the evidence he needs to move forward with the prosecution."

A letter sent from Edwards' office to Chief Troy Conley, says Wesley's behavior qualifies for prosecution as criminal attempt to commit sexual assault against a person in Custody, since the girl was a student at the school where he taught.

"Any person who might take advantage of the vulnerability of our children must be dealt with," said Edwards.

The letter, obtained through an Open Records request, indicates that Wesley took substantial steps toward the commission of the crime.

Of those substantial steps include the messages Mr. Wesley sent to the girl in her cell phone, some of them sexually explicit, then he obtained directions as to where she would be outside of the hotel, here by the dumpster, and the most significant of those steps is when he actually showed up to meet the girl, at 3:00 AM.

And Edwards says he'll do his part in making sure children are shielded from this type of activity in the future. "This office will do everything it can to make sure that our children are safe in our school system."

Safe from the people in whose care they are entrusted. The school system won't release Abraham Wesley's contact information. We have not been able to contact him.

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