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Report: Former CCSD substitute used Snapchat to send sexually explicit messages

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Garic Wharton II (Source: LVMPD) Garic Wharton II (Source: LVMPD)
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A former Clark County School District substitute teacher sent sexually explicit messages to a student through Snapchat while he was still employed by the school district.

According to the arrest report for Garic Wharton II, police said a student at South Academic Center told police she was approached by Wharton, who said, “he needed to know more about her.”

Over the course of a couple of days, Wharton allegedly followed the student around the school and asked for her name. He also asked for her and another student’s Snapchat, he tried to take a picture of them and hugged them. Wharton also showed the students pictures of other middle school students on his cell phone.

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Wharton contacted the student through Snapchat and said he felt like he could trust her and thought she was “amazing,” before sending sexually explicit messages, according to his arrest report.

Police said Wharton initially denied exchanging messages with students outside of school on social media and told police “most of the students are drawn to him because he is younger and dresses hipper which puts him in the spotlight.”

Wharton told police that “girls have come up to him to tell him that all the girls in this school think he is fine.”

He told police that some students give him side hugs and that he has a few Snapchat accounts. Wharton eventually admitted to sending the inappropriate Snapchat messages. He said he was “caught in the initial moment of lust” and knew it was wrong but never intended to meet or “do anything with her.”

Wharton was arrested Thursday for attempted sexual conduct between a school employee and pupil.

He was terminated from his position at South Academic Center on May 18, the day the investigation began, according to Clark County School District police.

Troy Wilkinson is a local cyber security expert with Axiom Cyber Solutions. He said even though a lot of people use Snapchat thinking their messages will disappear, or can be deleted, there's almost always a way for those messages to be recovered, especially during a police investigation.

"The messages on Snapchat and other similar apps are stored on a server somewhere. So that information exists and unless Snapchat is using a special software to wipe it from their systems, there is a chance law enforcement can subpoena those records," Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said having so many ways to communicate on social media opens doors for more people to behave like predators.

"What we're seeing, is that people are more free now and they believe that what they're doing online is a different persona or not being tracked by someone and they're living out lives online (in ways) they wouldn't necessarily live out in their daily lives,” Wilkinson said.

Wharton is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on June 5. 

Twelve CCSD teachers have been arrested this school year, including Wharton. 

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