OREGON CITY, Ore. – An Oregon City High School teacher will spend ten days in jail after admitting he sexted with a student using the app Snapchat.
Alexander Taylor did not make a statement in court. Under his misconduct plea agreement, he agreed to give up his teaching certificate and his job at Oregon City High School.
Prosecutors said he sent sexual messages to one student. They say he also had an inappropriate relationship with another victim, who decided to speak in court on Monday.
Nikki Ainsworth, who is now 18 years old, asked the judge to allow her to contact Taylor despite his conviction.
“I want to address the no contact with me part of this agreement,” said Ainsworth. “Xander Taylor has been a huge support system in my life for the past three years. I've had a lot of things happen, that happened very hard on me, and it's not getting any better. He has been there to support me and has always given me advice that has helped me get better.”
In addition to losing his job and teaching accreditation, Taylor will spend 18 months on probation. He will also have to pay nearly $1,500 in restitution to the victim’s family for counseling.
Snapchat is a photo and message sharing service for smartphones that was thought up by a group of Stanford University students and is now spreading like wildfire in high schools and middle schools.
Teens and tweens love the free app not just because they can use it to send pictures, video or text messages to their friends who have the service but also because all of that has a short shelf life. A message can only be seen for up to 10 seconds before it disappears forever.
There is a catch - Snapchat users can always use their phone to get a screen capture of the original message. The app has a built-in feature that lets you know if your photo has been screen grabbed.
However, savvy users have posted work-arounds online to hide the capture.