SIKESTON, Mo. -- A junior high teacher in Sikeston is facing felony criminal charges after he allegedly sent explicit photographs and inappropriately touched a 14-year-old student, police said Friday.
Andrew J. Delles, 28, of Jackson was charged with three counts of enticement of a child and three counts of sexual misconduct of a child, after the Sikeston R-6 School District reported that he was having inappropriate conduct with a student.
According to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, school officials told police that they were investigating allegations of "inappropriate electronic communications" between Delles and one of his female students. On Thursday, school superintendent Steve Borgsmiller placed Delles on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Delles was found traveling in his vehicle about 3 p.m. Thursday near U.S. 61 and Route HH, where he was arrested.
Delles remained in custody Friday afternoon on a $25,000 cash-only or surety bond.