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Sikeston teacher arrested for touching, sending photos to 14-year-old student

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Southeast Missourian

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.

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Sikeston, MO

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What is wrong with some of these teachers in the Public School system? were starting to see this type of criminal activity more and more each day coming from our Public School systems.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Mar 24, 2012, at 9:38 AM

While I would have to agree that there are far too many incidence of sexual misconduct being reported in our public school systems, I don't think you can claim that this is just a problem for public schools.

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Sat, Mar 24, 2012, at 1:17 PM

Brought on by the widespead use of cell phones making initial contacts easy. I guess Swampeast has either ignored or doesn't know of the widespread child abuse by Priests in the Catholic schools.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, Mar 24, 2012, at 4:28 PM

Charged...nothing proven yet. Hold the horses!

-- Posted by s32j20s12 on Sat, Mar 24, 2012, at 5:41 PM

s32j20s12 "charged with THREE counts of enticement of a child and THREE counts of sexual misconduct of a child"

The surge in awareness could be attributed to MO law 'now' requiring districts to report this sort of suspected behavior to law enforcement.

-- Posted by huntress2 on Sun, Mar 25, 2012, at 3:21 AM

Yankee Station, kids were being abused by teachers, priests, boy scout leaders, family members, neighbors, baby sitters and others long, long, before the advent of cell phones.

-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Sun, Mar 25, 2012, at 8:36 AM

undertow...and your point is? Can be charged with 100 crimes -- charged is charged. If he is proven guilty, get him where he belongs. I bet you've never been accussed of something you've never said or did. Be patient. The truth will emerge. Then he will be dealt with by receiving an apology or a sentence.

-- Posted by s32j20s12 on Sun, Mar 25, 2012, at 12:27 PM

In custody where?

-- Posted by papermoon on Sun, Mar 25, 2012, at 1:29 PM

This is a sad situation but please keep in mind that not all teachers are guilty of things such as this. There are a lot of "good teachers" out there everyday doing their job to the best of their ability.

Also, Marion Morrison is right, this has gone on long before cell phones. Our society just makes it easier to be caught in the act and for people to know about it sooner!

-- Posted by Spinning on Sun, Mar 25, 2012, at 1:41 PM

Spinning, I agree with all you say EXCEPT -- this guy has not been proven to be guilty of anything...yet.

-- Posted by s32j20s12 on Mon, Mar 26, 2012, at 3:34 PM

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