A Lake Worth High School teacher has been
arrested after police said he tried to set up a sexual encounter with a
12-year-old girl through an undercover agent posing as the child's
mother earlier this week.Todd Wilson Bush, 35, was arrested
Friday and charged with computer pornography and child exploitation,
which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.Police
began investigating Bush on Dec. 2, when an adult female reported to
police that Bush had asked her "to locate a minor child for sex,"
according to a probable cause affidavit.Detectives asked the
woman - who is not named in the report - to text Bush and tell him she
had a friend who could hook him up with an underage girl. That friend,
in actuality, was a detective with the South Florida Internet Crimes
Against Children Task Force.Bush texted with the detective, whom
he thought was the mother of a 12-year-old girl, from Dec. 3 through
Tuesday . During that time, he agreed to pay $120 to have the
12-year-old give him oral sex, according to the affidavit.The
encounter was supposed to happen on Wednesday in Bush's car behind a
strip mall where he and the mother and daughter were supposed to meet,
the affidavit said.But on Tuesday, Bush cancelled, saying he had
changed his mind. Police subpoenaed phone records to confirm the cell
phone was his, and got a search warrant for his cell phone.Bush
was arrested Friday at Lake Worth High School. According to Palm Beach
County School District records, he was hired in September.
allegations are always disappointing," school district spokesman Nat
Harrington said Friday.
"We expect our employees to abide by the code of
conduct." He said the district is going through the normal process on
how to reassign Bush during the investigation.
In: Other News
Tags: child exploitation, NEA, National Education Association, Pedophiles, AFT American Federation of Teachers, teachers unions, public school teachers
Location: Palm Beach, Florida, United States (load item map)
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