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Tarpon Springs Middle School teacher arrested after sending lewd video to former student

On Wednesday May 5, 2021, 30 year-old Stephan Badertscher of St.. Petersburg was working as a teacher at Tarpon Springs Middle School, 501 North Florida Avenue.

Badertscher was communicating via social media with a former student. The student is 15 years of age. He sent a video of himself to the 15 year old victim depicting him masturbating.

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The victim immediately notified authorities who began an investigation. Badertscher was not arrested on the day the incident occurred due to investigative purposes.

It was reported to Tarpon Springs Police the suspect has since resigned his position with Pinellas County Schools.

The subject turned himself in at Pinellas County Jail on May, 21, 2021 and charged with:

Transmission of harmful material to a minor.

If anyone has information regarding this case or any other case the subject may be involved in please contact Tarpon springs Police Department Detective L. Scarpati at 727-938-2849.


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