Substitute teacher allegedly sent nudes and inappropriate messages to teenage schoolboys
Amanda Lenea Pardue, a 35-year-old substitute teacher in northwest Georgia, was arrested after she allegedly sent nude photos of herself to several 14-year-old boys
A Georgia substitute teacher from Dade County has been charged after she allegedly sent inappropriate messages and images of herself to a number of 14-year-old boys, police said.
35-year-old Amanda Lenea Pardue was charged by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors, electronic pornography, and child exploitation. The teacher turned herself in Thursday morning at the Dade County Jail and was released on a bond of $30,000.
Trenton (Georgia) Police Department Chief Christy Smith requested the GBI to look into the case on August 31, soon after which they obtained a search warrant for Pardue's phone. No further information about the case has been released by the GBI.
According to the Times Free Press, Special Agent in Charge Greg Ramey declined to discuss what preceded the messages between Pardue and the boys, what kind of "inappropriate" content she had shared, how she communicated with the boys or how they got each other's phone numbers.
Pardue was relieved of her job as soon as district administrators learned of the allegations, Dade County Schools Superintendent Jan Harris said. The Board of Education hired her in September 2016, according to the Dade Planet, a local news outlet.
"We are saddened to learn about the arrest of a former substitute teacher," Harris said in a statement Thursday. "This individual is no longer employed as a substitute teacher with Dade County Schools. We are cooperating with law enforcement officers as they investigate this matter."
That said, Larry Stagg, the attorney representing Pardue, revealed Thursday night that he still had not heard specific allegations by the GBI. Pardue apparently told him that the problems first began when she was included in a chat group including multiple schoolboys. Stagg believes the GBI is targeting exchanges between Pardue and the boys on Snapchat, based on his client's version of events.
However, Stagg refused to reveal to the Times Free Press the content shared by his client.
"My greatest concern is [the GBI] had one thing that they saved and not the rest," Stagg said. "Anything can be taken out of context if you had one sentence of conversation."
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and urged anyone with information to contact 706-624-1424.