A former State College Area High School teacher was found guilty on several felony and misdemeanor charges after soliciting nude photographs and disseminating pornography to minors between October 2013 and May 2014.
Wesley P. Amy, 28, of Bellefonte will be sentenced Dec. 10 by Judge Jonathan Grine. He is also required by state law to register as a sex offender for the next 25 years.
“Children should feel safe at school,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a release. “These girls were very brave for speaking out and for testifying. We will seek an appropriate sentence for this egregious breach of trust by a teacher who was entrusted with our children.”
Amy targeted three minors at State High in an attempt to solicit nude photographs of them.
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He became friends with the students on Facebook, according to the release, and initiated private conversations with them at all hours of the day and night, including when they were in school. He also invited them to public events not sanctioned by the school district.
He targeted the youngest female first, introducing pornography into discussions, sending her a photograph of child pornography, recommending a pornographic anime series, asking if she ever had sex with a student or teacher and finally asking for nude pictures of her.
Amy attempted to bribe the students with better grades after not getting what he asked for.
“You can get an A or B, but you have to motivate me to give you that grade,” he said in a message to one of the students.
Amy put a flash drive labeled “Plan B” on another student’s desk in April 2014 and promised her a perfect score on a final project if she put naked pictures of herself on it. The student, thinking it was a joke, downloaded a picture of a unicorn and gave it back.
Angered, Amy told the student to “fix it.”
The student told a friend about Amy’s behavior, and the friend told her mom, who reported it to the school district and State College police.
As soon as the information came to the attention of the school, State College Police Chief Tom King said in November, the officer assigned to the school was notified.
“Literally, the principal walked down the hallway to the officer’s office and explained what he had just heard from the victim or the victim’s family,” he said. “This launched a criminal investigation by the State College Police Department.”
The State College Area school board accepted Amy’s resignation, effective May 8, on June 23.
“In matters of dealing with student safety, our protocol is to immediately involve our police officers,” Superintendent Bob O’Donnell told the Centre Daily Times in November. He said that Amy was no longer certified to teach in Pennsylvania.