OSCEOLA – The Penn-Harris-Madison elementary teacher charged with sending sexually explicit texts to a 12-year-old student has been fired.
PHM Communications Director Teresa Carroll has confirmed the school board voted Monday night to cancel 30-year-old Eric West’s contract.
West, who was arrested two weeks ago, had worked for the school corporation since May 2008 and was on administrative leave with pay.
He was a 5th grade teacher at Walt Disney School.
Investigators say they found text messages that West sent back in July to a former student.
Court documents say West told that student to delete the messages.
The child’s parents reported there were 265 messages sent from West’s cell phone.