Belton, Missouri: A 42-year-old substitute teacher is in jail awaiting his court date on Monday, September 26 on charges of enticement/ attempted enticement of a child under the age of 15, felony second degree child molestation, and two counts of furnishing pornographic material or attempting to furnish pornographic material to a minor.
Jason L. Carey is being held without bond.
The investigation began on September 19 when a school resource officer was provided with information about inappropriate messages sent over social media to a student.
The school resource officer was able to speak with the student and view the messages and then, identified two additional students that are believed to have received similar messages.
Carey was arrested in the morning hours of Wednesday, September 21 and the following day, Dr. Andrew Underwood sent a statement to parents.
That statement informed parents that Carey had been working as a substitute teacher through the district's third-party vendor at the time of the allegations and had previously worked with the district's SAC program.
"We have already reached out to the families of the students whom this person may have worked with," the statement, seen by KCTV read. "As soon as it was reported to us, we contacted the police department, made the appropriate call to the children's division, and the third-party substitute company took appropriate action. Please know that the individual is no longer on school property and will have no further access to students or staff."
As a part of obtaining employment with the school district, Underwood stated that Carey had been required to complete the Family Cares Safety Registry and pass a background and fingerprint check through the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Police have indicated that the investigation is still ongoing and that additional charges may be filed.
Lt. Dan Davis, Belton Police Department's public information officer said, "This all came to light because the young lady was willing to come forward. She knew it wasn't right and couldn't be tolerated, and had the courage to come forward. Parents definitely need to monitor their kid's activities. Social media apps can definitely be a medium by which bad actors make contact with children."