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Jun 1, 2012

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'Teacher of the Year' winner accused of sending nude photos to student
Jun 1st 2012, 14:28

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Days after being named teacher of the year at a Colleyville, Texas, school, a band director was arrested on accusations that he sent nude photos to a 15-year old-student.

John McDaniel, 32, is charged with solicitation of a minor online and carrying an improper relationship with a student.

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McDaniel confessed to exchanging nude photos with a girl who was in his class at Colleyville Middle School last year, Grapevine, Texas, police said.

“The information we have is that there was some sexting going on, by way of the cellphone and some explicit emails,” Sgt. Robert Eberling said.

According to the arrest affidavit, McDaniel and the girl began chatting on Facebook two years ago. The victim told investigators that McDaniel told her she was pretty and wondered what she looked like naked. The affidavit goes on to say that she shared topless photos with him and he responded with a photo of his genitals.

Investigators said they have not found evidence of physical contact between the teacher and the former student, CBS DFW reported.

The victim's brother discovered one of the emails over the weekend, according to the affidavit.

“When you send your child to school, you hope they are placed in a safe, stable environment," Eberling said. "It’s unfortunate that this happens."

No one answered the door at the north Fort Worth home McDaniel shares with his wife.

McDaniel is out of jail on a $10,000 bond, but police said he could be arrested again if they find other victims.

“Unfortunately, when you are dealing these type of offenses and the people that perpetrate these offenses, generally there are other victims,” Eberling said.

McDaniel has been placed on administrative leave. He has served as head band director at Colleyville Middle School since July 2009 and just won a ‘Teacher of the Year’ award.

“If the police investigation substantiates the allegations, the district will immediately proceed with termination procedures," the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District said a in statement.

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