OSBI investigating allegations involving teacher in Oklahoma town

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PAOLI, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations regarding an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student, and the investigation led to nude photos of children being found on the teacher's phone.

In the first month on the job for Paoli Police Chief Dustin Cook, he faced a big case.

"I was contacted by the school superintendent and he was contacted by somebody above him about the allegation," Cook said.

The allegations involved a teacher having inappropriate contact with a student. People who live in the area tell News 4 the teacher is also a coach at Paoli High School.

The case has now been handed over to the OSBI.

"I've been keeping up with it. The OSBI agent does keep me updated on some of it," Cook said.

"The chief of police requested the OSBI assist in doing forensic examination of a cell phone. The cell phone was searched by one of my agents, who found some images, which he believed to be children, nude images," Steve Tanner, an agent with the OSBI, said.

Tanner said none of the children in the photos are local children.

According to police, the teacher was placed on administrative leave. Tanner said for right now, they are not releasing the teacher's name.

"The only time we can release the name of somebody is if they've actually been arrested, or charged," Tanner said.

He said the student at the center of the investigation just turned 18-years-old. However, in these types of cases, 18 or not, it's still a crime.

"As long as you're still in school, it's still against the law. It doesn't matter if you're 18 or not. You can't have any kind of a relationship," Cook said.

News 4 contacted school officials for comment on the investigation. So far, our calls have not been returned.


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