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Walt Disney teacher accused of sexting fired

October 23, 2012|WSBT-TV Report
  • Eric West (file photo)
Eric West (file photo)

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.

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