Man is accused of sending lewd messages to middle school girls

A 20-year-old Lee’s Summit man who was a guest teacher of a middle school girls’ gym class was charged Thursday with attempted sexual misconduct with a minor.

According to court records, Garret N. Winchel taught the gym class twice this spring and then began exchanging electronic messages with girls ages 12-14. Winchel allegedly asked four girls to send him nude pictures of themselves. He allegedly asked one girl if she wanted a nude photo of himself and asked her where she lived.

The court record says Winchel this week admitted the exchanges with two girls.

He is charged with one count of the Class D felony. Winchel was released after posting $50,000 bond.

Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com