Garland teacher accused of inappropriate exchanges with student

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by JOBIN PANICKER / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

GARLAND, Texas — A Garland High School teacher and former church youth leader is facing a charge of criminal solicitation of a minor.

Justin Perry Hartweck, 27, was arrested by Collin County Sheriff's deputies and Sachse police on November 23. He is accused of having inappropriate sexual exchanges with a 16-year-old girl.

A probable cause affidavit obtained by News 8 describes that Hartweck used several social media platforms to make contact with the teenager in October and November: Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

“The initial report indicates that Justin Hartweck is a youth leader at a church in Wylie, Texas that [the victim] attends,” according to the report.

Online sources indicate Hartweck had a leadership role with Waterbrook Bible Fellowship in Wylie. Its pastor said Hartweck did not have any role with the church during the time of this incident in October and November.

Investigators said Hartweck's relationship with the student started when "they began talking about faith and church topics," according to the report. The 16-year0old victim said the "messages became increasingly sexual" and that she should "send him photographs 'just for him,'" the report stated.

The victim told investigators she was reluctant to share any photos and said she finally shared "one in her underwear."

According to the affidavit, several lewd photos were shared between the two.

Hartweck was a teacher at Garland High School. He taught English and was there for a little more than a year. The district said he resigned from his job last Monday, before Thanksgiving break. The district said investigators have talking with administrators about any further possible accusations.

On Twitter, the victim said she got this message about the relationship: "And I'd like for it to progress... like move on."

It's unclear if the victim turned Hartweck in, but according to the affidavit, she "began feeling guilty at the way they were talking."

Hartweck has posted bond.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com


The following statement was made to the church members at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship.

“First and foremost, I want to assure you that the Church is committed to doing what is right. Let me assure you that our Church will not tolerate abuse of any kind, and ensuring the health and safety of our young people is of paramount importance. The volunteer in question was not currently working with students in our ministry at the time of the charges and is restricted from entering Church property for the time being. We are fully cooperating with the authorities on this case and take the safety of students at every age as a top priority at Waterbrook.

"If you have been a victim or if you think you have knowledge of anyone else that may have been a victim of any misconduct, or if you possess any information regarding any of these matters please contact the Wylie Police Department.”

Pastor Jeff Denton


 

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