Clay County prosecutors Thursday accused a 29-year-old former teacher of sending and receiving sexually explicit photos and messages from two female Winnetonka High School students.
Jarrett A. Morris of Independence also is accused of asking one of those students to meet him at his residence to have sex and spend the night.
Morris faces a felony charge of exploitation of a minor. He also faces misdemeanor charges of attempted sexual contact and furnishing pornographic material to minors.
Direct Twitter messages between Morris and the students, who were both 16, were sent between January and November 2015, prosecutors said.
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North Kansas City school officials said Thursday they were aware that criminal charges had been filed against a former staff member.
“NKC Schools has very high expectations of its teachers and staff and expect them to conduct themselves honorably,” the district said in a written statement. “When behavior fails to meet expectations, the district cooperates fully with our law enforcement partners to ensure all matters are appropriately resolved.”
According to court records, investigators traced Morris’ Twitter account to his email address. Morris was a follower of both students on Twitter.
Direct messages between Morris and one teen took place between Feb. 2, 2015, and Sept. 26. In those exchanges, the two discussed oral sex and Morris asked the student if she was a virgin. He also told the girl he wanted to know what was under her skirt. Investigators located a direct message sent by Morris on Feb. 18, 2015, that contained sexually explicit images.
Morris sent direct messages that contained pornographic material to a second female student between Jan. 13, 2015, and Nov. 18. He asked her sexually explicit questions, including whether she would perform a sex act at the high school. The student said she would, except there were too many cameras.
In August, the student complied with repeated requests from Morris to send him nude photos of herself. After sending the photos, the student wrote: “Hope this satisfies you.”
Morris then sent the girl a photo of his exposed genitals.
Later that month, Morris asked the student to meet at his residence to have sex and spend the night. The student told Morris that she could not make it because she had a school-related commitment.
During a later conversation that evening, Morris told the student: “I already told you there’s a place to go where we won’t be caught and it could be quick and fun.”
Morris said they could meet in a training room in the school and the lights would be turned off.
The student said she was concerned that others would see her. Morris replied that he had been there with other teachers, “and it’s more riskier with a student.”