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Teacher sends 1 topless photo to eighth grader, said he had ‘to earn the rest,' report says

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The Snapchat app is displayed on the home screen of an iPhone. A Maryland teacher is accused of sending a former eighth grade student a naked photo of herself using the social media platform. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The Snapchat app is displayed on the home screen of an iPhone. A Maryland teacher is accused of sending a former eighth grade student a naked photo of herself using the social media platform. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -

A Maryland middle school teacher is facing sexual misconduct charges after allegedly sending a naked photo of herself through social media to an eighth grade student last summer.

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Vallie Lawver, 26, a math teacher at Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown, is accused of sexual solicitation of a minor and display of obscene material to a minor, according to WDVM-TV.

Authorities said Lawver sent the photo, which “showed her face and exposed breasts,” to the former student via Snapchat sometime between June and August 2018, WDVM reported. The photo also reportedly included the message, “Only 1. You have to earn the rest.”

The student took a screen grab of the photo before it disappeared and told police that during that same period of time last summer, Lawver had asked him to send a sexually explicit photo of himself to her, which he said he never did. 

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The investigation got underway after the photo of Lawver surfaced on social media and parents contacted authorities.

The school district said it found out about the photo in early April and that Lawver has been let go effective July 1.

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Christian Jennings joined Channel 2 Action News in March 2018 as a general assignment reporter. She grew up in Gwinnett County and is thrilled to call Atlanta her home again.  

Jennings came to WSB-TV with a decade of reporting experience. She began her career at WALB-TV in Albany, Georgia. During her time there, The Associated Press recognized her for a series of live reports she did from the Gulf Coast on the BP oil spill. She also won a Georgia AP Award for best spot news coverage.    

After spending a few years in south Georgia, she reported in New Orleans for the ABC affiliate WGNO-TV. Jennings’ next move was to Mobile, Alabama, where she worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WPMI-TV. While in Mobile, Jennings won an Alabama Broadcasters Association award for her reporting on the 2016 Baton Rouge police shooting, which claimed the lives of three officers. Jennings traveled quite a bit during her time at WPMI, covering events like the Super Bowl in New Orleans and Hurricane Harvey in Texas for Sinclair Broadcast Group stations across the country. 

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Fun fact: Jennings interned at WSB when she was a student at the University of Georgia. Returning to Channel 2 is a dream come true for her.  

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