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Former Teacher Charged With Exploitation of a Minor

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Toby Richey, 37, allegedly had inappropriate contact through text messages and photographs with a former student. Richey taught at Northeast Jones High School 10 years before transferring to the Wayne County School District.

Investigator Sgt. Tonya Madison said the victim was 15 in 2011 when the incident occurred.  She said he was too embarrassed to tell anyone, including his parents until early August this year.

"The mother just didn't think was right, so she brought it to our attention and through our investigations, we found that it was not appropriate," Madison said.

Richey was arrested Monday morning in Wayne Co. and brought back to Jones.  He went before Justice Court Judge Howell Beech Tuesday afternoon who set Richey's bond at $30,000.  He also ordered that he have no contact with children.

"Anybody that gets any gratification about showing off their private parts to underage kids is a scum bag and an idiot," Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish said.

From his understanding, Parrish said there are no enhanced charges for Richey being a teacher, according to the statute.

"These are things that happened not while he was actually in a teaching position although he used that position to further his depraved, disgusting desires," Parrish said.

Both the Wayne and Jones Co. School Districts declined to comment on the matter.

Parrish had this to say to Richey and others who partake in this type of activity:

"I think they need to keep their clothes on and their britches zipped up and do whatever they've done in the bathroom, and quit putting it on the internet," Parrish said.

Madison said Richey could face 5-40 years in prison, and the investigation is still ongoing.  She encourages anyone else who may have been a victim to come forward.  Anyone with information about this case or others is asked to call the Jones County Sheriff's Department at 601-425-3147.

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