Police: teacher admitted to 'wildly inappropriate' messages to teen
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Jackson County substitute teacher accused of soliciting nude photos of a teenaged girl is no longer teaching in Jackson County.
Superintendent Blaine Hess said the school board approved Dustin James Mullins, 22, of Ravenswood as a substitute teacher for the 2012-2013 school year on Dec. 13. Mullins' first day was Wednesday, when he filled in for a teacher at Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School in Ravenswood.
Mullins was arrested Wednesday after a short investigation by the Jackson Sheriff's Office. Deputies received information that Mullins asked a 15-year-old girl for nude pictures of herself, Sheriff Tony Boggs said Wednesday.
"His assignment right now doesn't involve him being in our schools," Hess said Thursday. "All I can do is assure parents that he's not in any of our schools right now."
Hess would not comment further, citing personnel policies. He would not say if Mullins had been suspended and what, if any, disciplinary action was being taken.
He said he would make the "appropriate recommendations to the board at the appropriate time."
"Dusty" Mullins, a Ravenswood native, was doing his student teaching at Parkersburg South High School in Wood County when he met the victim. He taught history at the school, according to a complaint filed in Jackson Magistrate Court.
The girl went to her parents after Mullins sent her Facebook messages asking for nude photos, Boggs said.
The girl's mother contacted the prevention resource officer at Ravenswood High School Wednesday. The officer then relayed the information to the Jackson Sheriff's Office.
Detective R.H. Mellinger picked up the case and began looking into the messages. In a criminal complaint, Mellinger noted several "inappropriate comments and requests" made by Mullins.
Mullins told the girl, "You're very pretty in the face and have a great body... That normally means you're hot..." and "Some of those holes in your jeans always made me wonder what you looked like without anything on..." and "Just for the record, me calling you hot is a very nice way of me meaning other things ... I think you can guess," according to the complaint.
Mullins said in the messages, "It has been a fantasy of mine to get you alone for a while I must say..." and then "You should send me a pic ... cause I've wanted to see you without clothes on for a looooooong time ... I'm not going to show anyone ... I just really wanna see you ... cause you're sexy as hell ... those jeans you always wore with the holes in em always turned me on..."
"U don't have to ... I'll just fantasize," he told her, the complaint said.
Mellinger interviewed Mullins Wednesday afternoon at the sheriff's department after reviewing the messages. Mullins told Mellinger he sent the messages from his cellphone.
"Mullins confessed to each and every message contained in the aforementioned Facebook Messenger print-out," Mellinger wrote in the complaint.
Mullins told the detective the girl was a student in his class at Parkersburg South High from October to December. The detective asked Mullins what his intentions would be if he met the girl outside of a school environment, to which he replied "I'm just not real sure" what he'd do with her, the complaint said.
Mullins described the conversations as "wildly inappropriate," Mellinger wrote in the complaint.
Mullins was a standout basketball player at Ravenswood High School, where he graduated in 2008. He was a member of the 2006 Red Devils boys' basketball team that won the Class AA state basketball championship.
The West Virginia Sports Writers Association named him captain of the 2008 Class AA All-State basketball team.
He finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,902 points and the school's career 3-point field goal record with 331. Mullins averaged 19.8 points as a senior and was selected as a member of the All-State team twice.
Mullins later attended Glenville State College, where he played basketball for two years.
Mullins was charged with soliciting a minor via computer, use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor and two counts of attempt to commit a felony.
He was released on $150,000 bond Wednesday after his arraignment in Jackson Magistrate Court.
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