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Former substitute teacher charged with furnishing obscene material to minors

Melissa Blythe Roberson

A former substitute teacher is facing charges of sending sexually explicit materials to minors while she was employed with the Polk County School District.

Melissa Blythe Roberson, 36, of a Silver Creek address was arrested Friday on a warrant charging her with electronically furnishing obscene material to minors while trying to seduce a teen student in one of her classes.

Roberson allegedly sent the teen student a photo of herself and tried to seduce him through private Internet chats.

Cedartown High School assistant principal Barry Williams reported the abuse in January after he was made aware of inappropriate telephone conversations between Roberson and a student.

According to Open Georgia, Roberson worked as a substitute teacher for the Polk School District during the 2013 fiscal year.

Regarding the charges against Roberson. a person commits the crime of electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors if the person electronically furnishes any picture, photograph, drawing, or similar visual representation or image of a person or portion of a human body which depicts sexually explicit nudity, sexual conduct, or sadomasochistic abuse to an individual whom the person knows or should have known is a minor.

The charge is considered a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.

Visit the Internet Crimes Against Children website to learn more about the current Georgia laws and statutes regarding the sexual exploitation of children.

The arrest reports within this list do not reflect the actual guilt or innocence of the individual or individuals listed. All parties are presumed innocent until they are proven guilty in a court of law. Not every arrest or charge leads to a conviction. A conviction or an acquittal will be determined by the court system.

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