A Sims Middle School teacher has been arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a 14-year-old student to solicit sex.
Pensacola resident Christopher Alan Johnson, 30, is a science teacher at the middle school located in Pace. Following report of the texts May 28, Johnson has been placed on administrative leave according to Santa Rosa School District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.
Johnson was arrested May 28 on a third degree felony charge for soliciting sex from a child using a computer.
According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, a student informed Principal Emily Donalson that Johnson had sent inappropriate messages to another student.
The 14-year-old student was called into Donalson’s office. The victim showed the principal screen shots of messages sent between her and Johnson. The victim said Johnson had taken her phone and put his number into her contacts, then began messaging her.
According to published reports, messages sent by Johnson included “Sex?” and “Shhhh I got you gurl. Let’s play.” Another message included kissy face emojis.
A search of the human resource directory confirmed the number sending the messages belonged to Johnson.
Upon further investigation, Donalson found a video recording from May 17 of the victim entering Johnson’s classroom during his lunch break.
Johnson’s statement to deputies was largely redacted from the report.
Wyrosdick issued a statement on the incident and investigation.
“Santa Rosa District Schools remains steadfast to provide a safe and secure environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Wyrosdick said in the statement. “When we become aware of individuals who may be subjected to inappropriate behavior we act swiftly to protect students. In the instance of Mr. Johnson, allegations of inappropriate communications prompted an immediate investigation and the removal of the teacher from any student contact. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave until adjudication of any charges and/or action by the school board.”
Johnson was released from Santa Rosa County Jail a little more than two hours after booking on $25,000 bond.