Date: <text> "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Mulberry High School Teacher Arrested For Lewd Activity	

Polk County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit detectives arrested a Mulberry High School teacher today after two female students at the school stated he sent an inappropriate photo himself to one of them and touched one of them inappropriately.

Christopher Robert Ellis, DOB 3/7/76, of 5375 Misty Lake Drive in Mulberry, has been charged with one count of Lewd Molestation (F-2) and one count of Transmission of Material Harmful to a Minor (F-3).

During the investigation, detectives learned that Ellis had inappropriately touched a 15-year-old female student earlier this year. They also learned that late last year he sent a nude image of himself to a 16-year-old female student via a web camera on his computer. At his direction, the 16-year-old sent him a photo of her exposed breasts via a web camera on her computer.

Ellis was taken into custody without incident at his home this afternoon. He has been booked into the Polk County Jail under no bond until first appearance on Saturday, October 16, 2004.

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