Police: Dade County substitute teacher sent boys inappropriate texts, pictures

Police: Dade County substitute teacher sent boys inappropriate texts, pictures

September 20th, 2018 by Tyler Jett in Breaking News

Updated at 7:24 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.

Amanda Pardue / Photo from Dade County Sheriff's Office

Amanda Pardue / Photo from Dade County Sheriff's...

Police say a Dade County, Georgia substitute teacher sent inappropriate messages and pictures of herself to "several" 14-year-old boys.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged Amanda Lenea Pardue, 35, with electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors and electronic pornography and child exploitation. Pardue turned herself in at the Dade County Jail on Thursday morning and was released in the afternoon on a bond of $30,000.

The GBI began looking into the case at the request of Trenton (Georgia) Police Department Chief Christy Smith on Aug. 31. They obtained a search warrant for Pardue's phone soon after.

The GBI has released almost no other information about the case. Special Agent in Charge Greg Ramey declined to discuss what preceded the messages between Pardue and the boys, what kind of "inappropriate" content she had shared, how she communicated with the boys or how they got each other's phone numbers.

Dade County Schools Superintendent Jan Harris said the district fired Pardue as soon as administrators learned of the allegations. According to the Dade Planet, a local news website, the Board of Education hired her in September 2016.

"We are saddened to learn about the arrest of a former substitute teacher," Harris said in a statement Thursday. "This individual is no longer employed as a substitute teacher with Dade County Schools. We are cooperating with law enforcement officers as they investigate this matter."

Pardue's attorney, Larry Stagg, said Thursday night he still had not heard the GBI's specific allegations. He said Pardue told him that the problems began when she was included in a group text with multiple boys. Based on what his client told him, he believes the GBI is targeting communications between Pardue and the boys on Snapchat.

He declined to share with the Times Free Press what content specifically his client says she sent.

"My greatest concern is [the GBI] had one thing that they saved and not the rest," Stagg said. " Anything can be taken out of context if you had one sentence of conversation."

Contact staff writer Tyler Jett at 423-757-6476 or tjett@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @LetsJett.