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Jackson County substitute charged with soliciting teen

RIPLEY, W.Va. -- A Jackson County substitute teacher was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending inappropriate messages to a high school student and asking her to send him nude photos of herself.

Dustin James Mullins, 22, of Ravenswood, was charged with use of obscene matter with the intent to seduce a minor, solicitation of a minor via computer and two counts of attempting to commit a felony after allegedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old Parkersburg South High School student via Facebook, according to a criminal complaint on file in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Mullins first met the girl while student teaching at Parkersburg South. Mullins was recently hired as a substitute teacher in Jackson County.

According to the complaint, the victim told Jackson County detective R.H. Mellinger on Wednesday that Mullins had been sending her Facebook messages, and had allegedly asked her to send nude pictures of herself to him. Detectives then got a lengthy printout of the messages, the complaint says.

Mullins allegedly sent the girl messages that included, "Some of the holes in your jeans always made me wonder what you looked like without anything on..." and "...you should send me a pic...cause I've wanted to see you without clothes on for a loooooong time," according to the criminal complaint.

When questioned by Mellinger, Mullins allegedly admitted to sending the messages, the criminal complaint says.

Mullins is free on bail. He faces up to six months in jail on each charge of attempting to commit a felony, up to five years for the use of obscene matter to seduce a minor charge, and two to 10 years in prison on the charge of soliciting a minor via computer. Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.

 


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