York, SC -- A former South Carolina teacher pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit text messages to underage girls.
Prosecutor say say Vernon Cheeks pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation of a minor. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail, suspended upon serving three years behind bars and three years of probation.
Cheeks was working as a teacher and a coach at a High School last year when he was caught sending explicit text messages to a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old girl. One of the victims admitted to exchanging text messages and pictures for several months with the teacher.
Police arrested Cheek after he allegedly sent pictures of himself in his underwear and text messaged it to the girls to meet him at a hotel.
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