Tarpon Springs Middle School Teacher Arrested After Sending Explicit Video To 15-Year-Old Student

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – A Tarpon Springs Middle School teacher has been arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of transmission of harmful material to a minor.

On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, police say 31-year-old Stephan Badertscher was communicating via social media with a former student.  Investigators say the student is 15 years of age. 

Badertscher sent a video of himself to the 15 year old victim depicting him masturbating. 

The victim immediately notified authorities who began an investigation.  Stephan was not arrested on the day the incident occurred due to investigative purposes. 

31-year-old Stephan Badertscher

It was reported to Tarpon Springs Police the suspect has since resigned his position with Pinellas County Schools.

Badertscher turned himself in at Pinellas County Jail on Friday and charged with Transmission of harmful material to a minor.

If anyone has information regarding this case or any other case the subject may be involved in please contact Tarpon springs Police Department Detective L. Scarpati at 7279382849.

At this time there is no further information to release, but we will update this story when more details are released.

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