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Former Mississippi middle school teacher charged with child sex crimes

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Image credit: Lacey McBeath / Starkville Police Department

A 37-year-old man from Columbus, Mississippi, who used to teach at Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, has been arrested on child sex charges.  Police in Starkville working with a U.S. Marshals task force, arrested the former teacher, Lacey McBeath, according to a January 4 report from NBC News affiliate Action News 5. Police in Starkville say that McBeath tried to entice a child “to meet him for sexual purposes and to produce images of sexual conduct.”

A spokesperson for the Starkville-Oktibbeha School District says that although McBeath was recently a middle school teacher in Starkville, he is no longer employed with the district.  The former teacher was arrested yesterday and charged with enticement of a child to meet for sexual purposes and the enticement of a child to produce a visual depiction of sexual conduct, according to WTVA. McBeath was released later that same day on a $50,000 bond.

The Starkville Daily News quoted Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District spokesperson Nicole Thomas as saying that, “The District is aware of the charges against him, and we are fully cooperating with Starkville police in this investigation. As a personnel issue, the District does not have any further information to share at this time.”  McBeath is scheduled to be back in court on February 12 to face his child sex crime charges.

Written by:  Richard Webster, Ace News Today

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