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A South Florida band teacher is in trouble with the law after he allegedly sent a 14-year-old student suggestive text messages and pictures of his "instrument."
Dennis A. Mulder, teacher at Allapattah Flats K-8 school in Port St. Lucie, was arrested Wednesday on two felony counts of transmission of material harmful to minor by electronic equipment, according to tcpalm.com.
Mulder, 42, is accused of sending three pics of his erect penis to the teen girl, his student at Allapattah.
Police say the girl's mother found the pics when she was going through the teen's cell phone on March 7. The photos were in a file labeled "Dennis," and police traced the number that sent the pics and texts to a phone number registered to Mulder.
Mulder allegedly sent texts to the girl in early March, including "Secret: It took all I could not to grab you & kiss you today” and “Desire for you is getting stronger."
The girl later told police she and Mulder were "just good friends," and that he “was the one person that understood and could relate to her."
She admitted Mulder sent her the photos and that she'd planned on telling him they couldn't be "anything but friends."
Mulder later told police the two had a strictly teacher to student relationship and that they had exchanged just a couple of texts and that he told her she couldn't text him.
But police said they found about 100 texts between the two phones, and when they compared the penis pics to Mulder's apartment, they spotted floor tile and carpet that matched those found in the pics.
A St. Lucie County School District spokeswoman said she couldn't comment on open investigations, but said Mulder was expected to be reassigned away from students while the investigation is made.
Mulder has spent the past four years with the school district but this was his first as a band teacher at Allapattah.
Mulder was being held Thursday in the St. Lucie County Jail on $50,000 bail.