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Diplomat Middle School teacher arrested for sending lewd photo to student

More charges filed after new evidence discovered
Posted at 12:47 PM, Apr 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-13 18:54:03-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A Cape Coral middle school teacher was arrested for sending an explicit photo to a student on Friday.

According to Cape Coral Police Department, officers made contact with a male identified as Joseph Michael Reynolds after they gained information that Reynolds, who is a middle school teacher at Diplomat Middle School, sent pictures of his genitalia to a student.

Diplomat Middle School teacher arrested for sending lewd photo to student

Investigators say the Cape Coral Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit was informed by a School Resource Officer of the possible inappropriate relationship between Mr. Reynolds and one of his students.

Cape Coral Police say the investigation revealed that Mr. Reynolds provided the 13-year-old student with his phone number to correspond through text, eventually leading to him sending inappropriate photos from his phone to her.

Detectives confirm there were conversations between the victim and they would correspond through text messages.

Reynolds admitted to sending his cell phone number to the victim and to sending photographs.

Reynolds was taken to jail and charged with transmission of material harmful to a minor.

Cape Coral Police arrested him a second time and is now charged with the following.

The Lee County School District released the following statement:

We do not tolerate this kind of alleged behavior and the teacher involved is suspended with pay pending the outcome of our investigation.
The School District of Lee County

Reynolds is due back in court on May 8th at 8:30 a.m.