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Former Teacher Charged for Sending Inappropriate Picture to Student


A former Martins Ferry teacher is now facing a felony charge for sending an inappropriate picture to a 14-year-old student.

Belmont County Prosecutor Dan Fry told 7News, the cellular communication between Joshua Cusik, 26, and the student started at the end of the 2015 school year, stopped for a while and started again months later.

Once reports were made, authorities confiscated two phones belonging to the young girl and an iPad she was loaned from the school. Police also took Cusik’s Phone and sent them to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations for forensic testing.

Fry said; one photo of Cusik’s “Private Parts” was recovered, “The texting itself was inappropriate and should have never occurred between the student and the teacher, but once the photograph was sent it became a felony offense,” Fry said.

If Cusik is convicted he could spend up to a year in prison and would likely lose his teaching certificate.

Martins Ferry Schools Superintendent, Dirk Fitch, said Cusik resigned over the summer break and is no longer part of the district. 

Authorities are also investigating a similar situation involving a teacher in St. Clairsville.

Stay with 7News for updates on both cases.

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