Former Tuscumbia teacher accused of sending nude photos to student

8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago Wednesday, February 28 2018 Feb 28, 2018 Wednesday, February 28, 2018 1:48:00 PM CST February 28, 2018 in News
By: Steve Lambson, News Content Manager

TUSCUMBIA - A former teacher at Tuscumbia High School in Miller County has been charged with sexual misconduct for an incident dating back to May 2017.

Prosecutors charged Joseph Rice, 35, on Tuesday after he was arrested. Rice is out of jail on $2,000 bond and the condition he have no contact with the victim.

According to court documents, the victim first contacted authorities in December, and later spoke to Miller County deputies on Monday. She said Rice, who used to be her teacher, flirted with her on Snapchat, and sent a sexually suggestive message.

Rice later allegedly asked the victim to send nude photos of herself. When she hesitated, she said he got angry, called her a "b****" and said "something will happen." The victim sent photos of herself, and said Rice sent photos of his genitals to her, though she hadn't asked for them.

In September, the victim said Rice sent her a message asking to pick her up from school and "take her to have sex." At that point the victim stopped communicating with Rice via Snapchat.

Jason Price, superintendent in the Tuscumbia school district, said Rice ended his employment with the school in May 2017.

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