Crime & Courts

South High teacher on leave after obscene photo sent

A Wichita South High teacher has been placed on paid leave as police investigate reports that he sent an obscene picture to 10 people, including seven minors.

Police and other sources said Wednesday that the teacher may have been intending to send the picture to a girlfriend but instead sent it to members of a club volleyball team he coaches. The team is not affiliated with the school.

A police report said the teacher, who has been with the district since December 2005, sent the e-mail with an obscene picture of himself and an obscene message on the morning of March 22. Police were contacted the next day by the parent of a girl who received the e-mail.

The incident was initially classified as an indecent exposure case, but Lt. Randy Reynolds said detectives would meet next week with prosecutors to determine which, if any, charges should be filed.

"I can't say that any charges will be filed, but we will talk to them," he said.

Reynolds said detectives are trying to determine whether the picture was sent intentionally.

He said there are a variety of laws that can come into play in cases where obscene pictures are sent to people not expecting them.

"It would be unlawful to send pornography to anybody if they didn't want it," he said.