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Putnam City school employee accused of sending lewd message to students

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Putnam City school employee is under investigation after he allegedly sent an inappropriate picture to students.

"Sadly, these types of incidents continue to happen and will continue to happen," said MSgt Gary Knight with OCPD.

Oklahoma City police said the explicit message was sent to students in a group chat on Facebook.

"He sent out a lewd photograph of himself to the group. This was an adult. These were all girls in this group that were under the age of 18," Knight said.

According to a police report, a girl said she knew it was him because “the pants look like the pair he wears.”

Putnam City schools said the now former employee is not a certified teacher.

We are told he was first hired by the district in August of 2016 and worked with the color guard team once a week.

Putnam City schools sent NewsChannel 4 the following statement:

“On Monday night, the district first became aware of allegations against an adjunct employee. An administrative investigation began early Tuesday morning and included conversations both with students and their parents. Furthermore, this matter is under investigation by Oklahoma City Police. The district will cooperate with police in every way possible. As noted, allegations concern someone who was an adjunct employee, not a certified teacher. This person is no longer with the district.”

As they investigate, detectives are sending a message to parents.

"Monitor what your kids are doing. Monitor what's on their phones. In this case, that's what happened. A parent called police to report that this photograph had been sent to these girls. So, everybody, at least on the victims side did the right thing in this case," Knight said.

The suspect’s name hasn’t been released, because he has not been arrested or charged with a crime.