JEFFERSON COUNTY - A 21-year-old man who worked as a custodian in the Jefferson County School District was arrested Monday for sexting.
According to investigators, Jacob David Deal was taken into custody on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child.
He began communicating by leaving hand-written messages to two 6th grade girls at Dutch Creek Elementary in the late spring of 2016. The messages were complimenting the girls' looks. The girls reported the messages, but it was unknown who left them at the time.
On Aug. 26, a text conversation began between Deal and one of the girls. He sent her nude photos of himself.
The girl reported the sexting incident to school authorities and Deal was arrested.
Deal was a custodian at Dutch Creek Elementary and Ken Caryl Middle School. He's currently on leave, according to the school district, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. He was a custodian for the district from June 2012 to January 2013 then again from March 2015 to now.
The school district issued the following statement on Tuesday:
The safety and security of our students is a priority. We are thankful our students came forward about this situation, and proud of our staff for taking immediate action, including contacting law enforcement. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Department responded promptly and continues to work with all involved in a professional manner; they are invaluable community partners.
His first court appearance was Tuesday morning.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office does not know at this time if any other students were involved, but are investigating.
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