Two former Macon County Middle School teachers appeared in court this week on charges related to separate cases involving sexting with students.
Paula Anglin, 43, of Franklin was the latest Macon County Middle School employee fired from her job as receptionist and criminally charged with sending a nude photo of herself to a 14-year-old boy student. Macon County authorities charged her with felonies for disseminating obscene material to a minor, and released her from custody under $15,000 bond. She was scheduled to make her first court appearance May 22.
Anglin’s arrest came only days after Macon County Middle School math teacher and Junior Varsity baseball coach Jeffrey Todd Rousselle, 24, was charged with indecent liberties in a separate case involving a former student.
Rousselle was arrested May 12 for allegedly sexting three young girls (two students and one former student), ages 12- to 14-years old. The 24-year-old graduate of Western Carolina University reportedly confessed to communicating with two of the girls through email, text and Facebook messages.
He’s also accused of meeting a third girl (a former student) on the campus of South Macon Elementary School one evening after hours and kissing her. Police discovered more than 50 nude photos that were allegedly exchanged between Rousselle and the girl, who at the time was only 13. He faces two felonies for taking indecent liberties with a child and taking indecent liberties with a student.
Tips led Macon County Sheriff’s Office investigators to discover the sexual messages that led to Rousselle’s arrest. He was jailed under $75,000 bond and initially suspended from teaching at Macon County Middle School for the remainder of the school year. Days later, he resigned. Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland in a statement to the press dispelled rumors that students are at risk of being charged and pointed the finger at the adults who acted inappropriately.
Rousselle was also scheduled to appear in court on May 21.